Heart rates tested with charitable donation

Members of the cardiac rehabilitation interest group present Scunthorpe's cardiac rehabilitation department with five heart monitors. From left: Jan Ogiluie, vice-chairman, Val Rowbotham, treasurer, Brenda Johnson, Grace Mcfeely, Liz Tilley, chief cardiac physiologist, Sidney Johnson, Dave Ogiluie, Mickie O'Toole, chairman, Howard Hocknell, Trevor Rowbotham, Michael Clark, Joan Johnson and Pauline Cox.
Members of the cardiac rehabilitation interest group present Scunthorpe's cardiac rehabilitation department with five heart monitors. From left: Jan Ogiluie, vice-chairman, Val Rowbotham, treasurer, Brenda Johnson, Grace Mcfeely, Liz Tilley, chief cardiac physiologist, Sidney Johnson, Dave Ogiluie, Mickie O'Toole, chairman, Howard Hocknell, Trevor Rowbotham, Michael Clark, Joan Johnson and Pauline Cox.

Fundraisers have pumped over £6,000 into a cardiac department so patients can receive quicker treatment.

The Cardiac Rehabilitation Interest Group (CRIG) has bought five heart monitors for the department at Scunthorpe hospital. The group in North Lincolnshire aims to provide heart patients both in hospital and in the community with items that will help to make their treatment easier and hopefully quicker to access.

On average the heart monitors are used by 15 to 20 patients every day for a period of usually 24 hours. In some circumstances the monitors can be used on an individual for a maximum of seven days.

Scunthorpe hospital now has around 30 heart monitors and this latest donation is a great boost for staff.

Liz Tilley, chief cardiac physiologist, said: “These monitors are the first port of call for heart patients with abnormal heart rhythm. Wires on the device are attached to the chest and a wealth of information can be recorded such as the rate and rhythm from the electrical signals of the heart.

“We are delighted to receive another five to the unit. Without the help of CRIG we would be limited to the amount of resources we could purchase ourselves.”

The charitable group hosts various events throughout the year to raise money. Recent fundraisers include a charity ball, snail races, weekly bingo sessions and a sponsored walk.

Mickie O’Toole, chairman of CRIG which has been running for the last 14 years, said: “The cardiac department is close to a lot of our members who have either been treated themselves, are former employees or know others that have used the service.

“We ask the department what they require or what would benefit them and then we head out to raise the money for it.

“Our next event is snail races at the Wortley House Hotel, Scunthorpe, on Saturday November 1. These are computerised snails which is great fun. The first race will start at 7.30pm and tickets are £7 each which includes a baguette and chips.

“Obviously any medical equipment does not come cheap so we are grateful to all those who support our cause and attend the events we hold.”

Anyone wanting to attend the snail races can call Mickie on 01724 340508 or 07877 742400.