A hospital friends group have proved they are in a league of their own - after handing medical staff a £10,000 boost in their fight to deliver life-saving treatment for heart patients.
The League of Friends of South Tyneside Hospital has donated £10,678 to provide essential monitoring equipment to help diagnose symptoms for people battling heart problems.
I would like to express a huge thank you to the League of FriendsJakki Colwill
The latest presentation of monitors brought the total number of the devices bought by the League for South Tyneside District Hospital from six to 14.
The investment will allow hospital staff to stay a step ahead and diagnose potential issues in time to provide potentially life-saving treatment.
Jakki Colwill, South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust’s Cardiology service manager, said: “I would like to express a huge thank you to the League of Friends for their generous donation.
“These devices provide our patients with a continuous, electrocardiogram (ECG) recording, from 24 hours up to three weeks, which is a vital investigation, supplying information such as rate and rhythm of the heart.
“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.”
The test is safe and painless and can be done as an outpatient. One type of digital device is worn on a belt around the waist.
“Three ECG leads from it are attached to the chest and the electrical activity of the heart is recorded while the patient carries out normal, daily activities.
“The other type is wireless and allows the patient to activate the recorder when they feel their symptoms.”