New heart monitors available at Grantham Hospital thanks to volunteers’ £5k donation

Pictured, from left, are -  Cardiac physiologist Cara Mercer and health care support worker Bernadette Williamson, with Rosemary Harrison and Elaine Welford from the Grantham League of Friends.
Pictured, from left, are - Cardiac physiologist Cara Mercer and health care support worker Bernadette Williamson, with Rosemary Harrison and Elaine Welford from the Grantham League of Friends.
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A community group has donated over £5,000 to Grantham Hospital to pay for cardiac equipment.

The hospital’s cardiology department received the money from the Grantham League of Friends, and has spent it on three portable heart monitors.

Stephanie Baker, chief cardiac physiologist, said: “The number of patients we treat in the cardiology unit has increased significantly from 600 in 2009 to 1,400 in 2012. Heart rhythm disturbances often require urgent attention and this new equipment will help to ensure our patients receive the best care possible.”

The monitors record a patient’s heart rhythm, from 24 hours up to seven days. They are used for patients with palpitations, dizziness, temporary loss of consciousness and shortness of breath, and can also assess the condition of a pacemaker.

Chairman of the Grantham League of Friends Simon Needham said: “We are extremely happy to have been able to raise this amount of money for such important pieces of equipment.

“We like to donate to different departments each time we raise a significant amount of money and are proud that we can support departments across the hospital through our fund-raising efforts.”