VOLUNTEERS have donated £10,000 to buy essential equipment to help diagnose heart problems in South Tyneside.
The League of Friends of South Tyneside Hospitals donated the cash to buy a 24-hour monitor for the hospital in South Shields.
The presentation brought the total of the devices paid for by the League to six.
Jakki Colwill, cardiology service manager at South Tyneside District Hospital, said: “I would like to express a huge thank you to the League of Friends for their generous donation.
“These devices provide us with a continuous, 24-hour electrocardiogram (ECG) recording, which supplies information such as rate and rhythm of the heart.
“The test is safe and painless and can be done as an outpatient, with the small, digital device worn on a belt around the waist. Three ECG leads are attached to the chest and the electrical activity of the heart is recorded while the patient carries out normal daily activities.
Ms Colwill added: “The recording enables the doctor to correlate symptoms which might not happen all the time, such as palpitations, with heart readings, and to diagnose the cause.
“It may show an abnormally fast or slow heart rate, or an irregular rhythm that may need treatment.”
In 2013, the League, which is one of the oldest NHS voluntary groups, celebrated its 65th anniversary.
During the year, its fundraisers donated a record amount to provide patients and staff with extra comforts and equipment – a massive £80,000.
Some of the most recent donations include £15,000 for specialised equipment for the emergency department, ultrasound equipment for the delivery suite to monitor babies’ heartbeats, a multi-positional chair costing £7,000, for cardiology patients and a £2,500 warming cabinet for the radiology department.
Most of the money raised by the League of Friends comes from its shop in the main entrance of South Tyneside District Hospital’s Ingham Wing.