Friends caring for hearts at hospital

Release Date: 01/06/2018

Friends caring for hearts at hospital

New cardiac monitors to benefit patients with neuromuscular disorders at The Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital (RJAH) have been purchased by the hospital’s League of Friends.

The purchase of the monitors will help to reduce the number of visits patients will have to make to the hospital, as previously they would have had to come into hospital again if their heart needed to be monitored over a 24-hour period.

The monitors cost the League of Friends more than £7,500.

The Neuromuscular department within the Oswestry-based hospital is one of ten in the UK which offers specialist advice and follow up for both adult and paediatric patients with inherited neuromuscular disorders.

In 2016 the team received the Muscle Centre Award for Clinical Excellence in recognition of the quality of care and research facilities that are provided at RJAH. The department benefits from visiting consultant cardiologists from Stoke, Birmingham and Shrewsbury and Telford hospitals.

Victoria Sugden, the League’s Charity Director, said: “We’re delighted to have supported the purchase of these important pieces of equipment that makes it easier for the team at RJAH to care for and monitor patients with long term requirements.”

Lynne Morris, Service Manager, said: “I’d like to thank the League of Friends for supporting the purchase of the new heart monitors, which will benefit patients and their relatives, who will be required to make one less trip into hospital than usual.”

Dr Tracey Willis, Lead Consultant for Neuromuscular Services, added: “We are so grateful to the League of Friends for supporting us and our patients as this will help to lessen the burden of clinical visits and help us to run one stop shop appointments.”

 

Picture caption: Left to right - bottom row, Victoria Sugden, League of Friends; Lynne Morris, Service Manager; Dr Richa Kulshrestha, Neuromuscular, Consultant Paediatrician in Neurodisability; Professor Tracey Willis, Paediatric Neurologist with a Specialty Interest in Neuromuscular Disorders; Claire Bassie, Neuromuscular Childrens' Nurse Specialist. Second row, Mr Chikermane, Paediatric Cardiologist;  Nick Emery, Physiotherapist; Rachel Taylor, Neuromuscular Care Advisor; and Sam Short, Children’s OPD Nurse.



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