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Heart monitoring

A heart-y effort to improve care

Friday February 21, 2014

Heart patients will be able to benefit from vital cardiac monitoring more quickly, thanks to the amazing fundraising efforts of the Mill Farm Residents’ Association from Pagham.

The group raised a huge £6,500 for the cardiac investigations team at St Richard’s after they were inspired to support the department by the care given to Trevor Watson, the late husband of one of their members, Marion.

It is important to be able to see the money buy something which can be so useful.

The money will buy three mobile ECG heart monitors. These are state-of-the-art devices, worn by patients as they go about their daily lives, recording every heartbeat for days at a time and allow the person to record when they are unwell, have palpitations or feel faint.

Information from the device can then be analysed by the cardiac team to assess whether the patient is suffering from irregularities of heart rhythm, which might be serious, or an undiagnosed slowing of the heart which might suggest the need for a pacemaker.

The monitor can help to establish whether there is an important heart-rhythm disturbance to account for the patient’s symptoms.

Such devices are already in use at the Trust but demand is high. These new monitors will help to reduce the waiting time for these investigations.

The donation was received by Consultant Cardiologist Dr Colin Reid and Lorraine Willis, Senior Chief Cardiac Physiologist.

Dr Reid, who had attended the association’s AGM last April to discuss how the monitors would directly help local patients, said: “These monitors are fantastic and we would like to use this magnificent donation towards buying more.

“They are extremely useful for patients and will be put to use immediately. It really is a tremendous effort to raise so much money and we are most grateful.”

The fundraising included everything from moonlit 10-mile walks, knitted novelties, sales of homemade pies and a summer fun day.

Marion Watson said: “We wanted to raise as much as we possibly could and it is the most money we have ever raised in a year. It is important to be able to see the money buy something which can be so useful.”

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