Heart and stroke patients at Lynn’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital now have a greater chance of early diagnosis thanks to generous supporters who raised £81,000 for the hospital’s Healthy Hearts campaign.
Individuals and businesses got behind the campaign and raised money through a variety of events, including sponsored walks, barbecues and rugby matches.
A diagnostic treadmill has been bought with part of the money and is being used to give specialist cardiac nursing and medical staff an accurate electronic readout of a patient’s heart performance, highlighting any potential problem areas.
The hospital’s chief executive Dr Manjit Obhrai, said: “Heart and circulatory disease is the UK’s biggest killer. Stroke is also a major cause of death – again related to cardiovascular disease, so being able to diagnose and treat heart conditions as early as possible is extremely important.
“This equipment will help with assessment after a heart-attack or a stroke.
“As people live longer with heart disease – a consequence of improved treatment and diagnosis – and the population grows older, more resources are needed to support patients with heart disease and those who have suffered a stroke.
“We are so grateful for the backing given by local people, particularly in these difficult times, and we would like to thank everyone who contributed.
“Your support will provide life-saving benefits for 5,000 patients per year.”
The fundraising appeal was launched at the end of 2011, originally with a target of £200,000.
However, once the money was raised for the priority diagnostic equipment it was decided to close the appeal early, rather than run a prolonged campaign at a time when people have many competing demands on their money.
The new diagnostic treadmill is now in action within the hospital, where it is used to give specialist cardiac nursing and medical staff an accurate electronic readout of a patient’s heart performance, highlighting any potential problem areas.
The purchase also included a stress test system and printer, monitor, storage, table top, cable, paper and installation of cardiology equipment.
Some of the money raised will also be invested in computer systems and ECG analysis equipment.