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Rotherham’s Cardiac Team Celebrate 10 Years of Heart Services

09 Mar 2016 10:38:34

The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust’s Cardiac Team celebrated 10 years of service at an event to mark their achievements in delivering fantastic specialist cardiac care.    

The event, which took place at the Carlton Park Hotel, saw Rotherham’s Heart Failure and Cardiac Rehabilitation services celebrate their clinical successes and community partnerships over the last 10 year with a series of talks from both patients and staff. 

Katie Taylor, Specialist Cardiac Rehabilitation Nurse at The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust, said: 
“Since the service was founded in 2006 more than 8,500 patients have been treated by our cardiac rehabilitation and heart failure service, with 90 people being referred to the team every month. 

“Many of our patients, who have received treatment over the past 10 years, continue to live a rewarding and enjoyable life – this is testimony to the specialist nursing care and support we provide.” 

Rotherham has an above average incidence of coronary heart disease with 1 in every 25 people living with the condition. 

Despite these pressures, Rotherham’s Heart Failure and Cardiac Rehabilitation team has contributed to reduced mortality rates of more than 50% in the past 10 years. 

These improvements have been attributed to enhancements in education, exercise, psychological support, correct medication and promotion of self-care for heart patients, often in their own home. 

Speaking at the event patients Dorothy Utley and Colin Gill shared their experiences. Colin, who suffered a heart attack last October, said: 
“When you have a heart attack it can feel surreal and alarming – particularly when you go home after treatment.  

“The service is important as it gives you support and peace of mind that you are not alone.  

“The care I have received has been excellent – the fact I’m standing here today is proof of it.” 

As well as offering excellent clinical care, Rotherham’s Cardiac Team has also been responsible for setting up community groups such as the Rotherham Heart Support Group which now has over 60 members.  

Ken Wassell, secretary of the Rotherham Heart Support Group, said:  

“In Rotherham we are extremely lucky to have such a dedicated and professional team looking after us.  

“They are always there to offer help and reassurance to patients who are finding it difficult to come to terms with what has happened to them and how their lifestyles have changed. I for one say, long may they do so.” 

Looking forward to the future, the Cardiac Team hope to further improve care through an online rehabilitation service, along with increased number of exercise groups and additional mental health support for patients. 

There is also the ongoing Rotherham Heart Scanner Appeal by the British Heart Foundation which aims to raise funds for specialist cardiac equipment at Rotherham Hospital.  

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