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Draw, New Syetem - New Angio Suite - Call
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- "We are Take Heart"
huge thank you to all our members and supporters for making such a
difference to those who have needed our services in the Yorkshire
the past year, we have made tremendous strides in ensuring that we
continue to deliver the very best of comfort for patients and support
for the wonderful staff. Our continuing mission is not only the provision
of physical comfort in their surroundings, but to minimise the stress
and anxiety of patients and their families at what is an understandably
so many charities, the current economic situation is affecting the
amount of money coming in and I would respectfully ask that you remember
and support us whenever you are able. Every penny counts and remembering
that everyone who runs Take Heart does so completely voluntarily,
all donations are used to deliver our remit.
year, the Trustees meet for a whole day seminar to discuss the work
of the charity and one of the decisions made this year concerns one
of main events, the Christmas Draw. You will see a note inside this
newsletter detailing the changes we are making this year to save a
great deal of money.
Saturday June 2nd, we are to hold a Jubilee Coffee Morning in our
Seminar Room in Jubilee Wing, to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond
Jubilee. Full details in our next newsletter. You will at that time,
be able to have a look at our newly refurbished Roof Garden which
will fully reopen at the end of March.
this, the first newsletter of the year, may I take this opportunity
of wishing you all a very Happy and Healthy New Year.
is that time of the year again and all the books are now with the
Accountants once more. It`s always a relief when I finally take them
up for audit and even more of a relief when they come back completed.
donations continue to come in nicely but strangely we seem to be receiving
more without names of the donors or what it is for. It is important
that we obtain this information so we can acknowledge it, also make
sure it goes under the correct heading on the donations list and finally
so we can claim gift aid if given permission to do so. If no reason
is given for the donations then I can only assume that it is a straight
forward donation and isn`t given for any other reason.
are receiving a number of donations via the internet and at first
when we started receiving them we had to write to the person who had
donated the money to find out what it had been given for. Things have
improved greatly over the past year and whilst I am not saying that
I always get it right, I do so about 90% of the time. I can only apologise
for the other 10% as I might have put them into the wrong column.
think that those of you who attend the AGM will be pleasantly surprised
with the accounts but that’s all I will say at this time. See
A J McLean
Take Heart are pleased to have funded more than
£165,000 worth of new equipment
for the Yorkshire Heart Centre
group of some of the Trustees met Dr Dominic Schlosshan and Dr Mohan
Sivanathan to formally present the state-of-the-art new machines to
the Heart Centre.
The two consultant cardiologists demonstrated some of the features
of the equipment and both said that their use would make a huge difference
to the work of the Centre.
Cardiac Ultrasound machines
Heart has purchased 2 new portable echo machines, at a cost of over
£100,000, which have state of the art cardiac ultrasound technology
including 3D imaging.
machines are used anytime, day or night, for patients who cannot have
their heart scan done in the main cardiac ultrasound department. This
could be because the patient is too sick to leave the ward for example,
post heart surgery or during a heart attack, pacemaker insertion or
new technology means that we can get detailed 3D information about
heart function, valve disease and other pathologies which we cannot
get with basic portable machines. This ensures our patients have access
to the best possible care as soon as they need it.
machine is for use in the Yorkshire Heart Centre at LGI which has
cardiac patients on ICU, CCU and cardiac wards. This machine is also
used in A+E and the catheter labs for emergency scans and during new
interventions such as TAVI, transcatheter aortic valve implantation
(replacement of the aortic valve without having to open the patients
chest during surgery).
second machine is for the cardiac patients at St James’s Hospital.
Care of the elderly wards are situated at St James’s and many
of our Cardiac patients are admitted to these wards. The new portable
ultrasound machine now means that those patients also get a high quality,
timely diagnosis in the comfort of their bed without having to come
to the department if they are too unwell or immobile to do so.
other piece of equipment purchased by Take Heart uses Optical Coherence
Tomography which is a novel imaging tool using laser technology which
can be used to obtain images of the coronary arteries. The images
are obtained by placing a catheter which emits electromagnetic light
waves into the coronary artery during angiography or angioplasty.
A contrast flushes the coronary artery to clear the blood column which
allows a clear path for the light beams to emit, reflect and produce
an image on screen. During this time information about the vascular
changes in the artery and the position of any stents can be clearly
the data provided from the images we can position coronary stents
in the absolute ideal position specific to individual patient anatomy.
this equipment will be vital in the treatment of patients who have
disease of the main coronary artery, the left main stem. In addition
OCT can be performed 9-12 months after angioplasty to re image the
stent to identify any clots and help prevent future events.
Yorkshire Heart Centre is the first in Yorkshire to have such equipment,
at a cost of £55,000, which is one of only a few in the whole
of the country. Thanks to Take Heart our patients are getting access
to the most state of the art equipment available so that we can deliver
the very best of treatment for them.
Take Heart Deputy Chairman
a group of trustees at the presentation
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new suite helps heart patients
Romaniw with some of her staff in the new angio suite
patients visiting cardiology at the LGI for angiograms and other relatively
straightforward procedures now have a more comfortable environment
to relax in during their visit.
new Angio Suite has been opened close to ward 11 to cater for patients
who attend the catheter labs but can be seen without the need to stay
applies to about a fifth of the patients visiting the interventional
unit, including those needing Pacemaker box changes, reveal implants
or explants and radial angiograms.
was previously a two-bedded room has been transformed into a dedicated
waiting area for these patients, with five comfortable recliner chairs
and an in-room TV to help pass the time. The room also has its own
small private consulting room attached, to allow tests or discussions
to be undertaken confidentially.
Heart, the charity which supports the Yorkshire Heart Centre at LGI
generously paid for the improvements, together with some money from
the Ward 11 amenities fund.
well as making the wait more comfortable for the day patients, having
a dedicated area means that they no longer need to use the ward beds
in the department. Patients coming in to undergoing more invasive
procedures therefore have less time to wait for a bed to become available.
Romaniw, Senior Sister on Ward 11, said: “We’re really
pleased with the new room and it is already making a difference to
improving patient flows in the department and therefore make a better
experience for everyone who comes here.
are a busy unit and having a dedicated area which can accommodate
up to ten patients a day is better for those patients and really does
help in freeing up our beds.
shows that a relatively simple change can make a real difference to
the patient experience, and we’re so grateful to Take Heart
for their help in making this a reality.”
CALL MY BLUFF
at Sheffield City College
unbeaten champions of Sheffield College
take on the might of Take Heart
Sheffield City College - Granville Road – Sheffield - S2 2RL
25th April 2012 at 6pm
Tickets £10 including a meal
All proceeds going to Take Heart
details and a few remaining tickets available from
Colin Pullan on 0113
Christmas Draw is one of the major fund raising events of the year
and we would like to thank Boost Drinks, YTV Rentals and everyone
else who so generously donated prizes. Thanks are also due to members
and their families for their wonderful support in making our last
draw so successful.
our Trustee’s Seminar in February, we made a decision regarding
future Christmas Draws. Normally, the price of tickets are “5
for a pound.” The tickets this year will be £1.00 each.
doesn’t make much difference to your chances of winning for
the same money since there will be one fifth as many tickets, but
it will make a huge difference to our printing and postage costs.
will be able to send out the tickets in the same envelope as the newsletter
mailshot and we anticipate the total savings for the charity will
be in the region of £2500.00.
are sure you will agree that the money will be better spent on the
patients of the Heart Centre than on our printing firm and Royal Mail!
Does it hurt when you do this?
Doctor: Well, don't do that.
Doctor, should I file my nails?
Doctor: No! Throw them away like everybody else.
Neville and Jean Jackson & Group at St Luke’s Beeston
continue to be amazed that this small group can still raise some lovely
sums through small raffles and collecting small change.
the years through Neville and Jean Jackson keeping the group together
they have raised many thousands of pounds for the Take Heart Charity.
is always a pleasure to go meet the group and thank them and tell
them about the work that the charity is undertaking at this time.
Following a cup of tea and mince pie, I was presented with a cheque
for the sum of £300.00
shows L/R Mrs Jean Jackson and forth from left Mr Neville Jackson
members of the group
ANY HEART QUESTIONS?
you any questions about cardiology you would like answering professionally?
Dr Dominik Schlosshan, Consultant Cardiologist, will be pleased to
answer them if you write in to the Take Heart office here in Leeds
General Infirmary. Or e-mail them to email@example.com.
Please note that Dr Schlosshan cannot reply to you personally –
questions and answers will be published in the Take Heart newsletter
and on our website www.takeheart.net.
from Mr Peter Stanton
was delighted to be invited to go along to the Nuffield Hospital,
Leeds to receive a cheque for £2000.00 from Mr Peter Stanton.
Mr Stanton had raised this magnificent amount through holding a number
of musical events for all tastes, called “Chilled Sunday”
held on Sunday afternoons at The Engine Shed in Wetherby.
presentation was with the General Manager of The Nuffield hospital
Mr Ian Whitehouse, Dr John Perrins, Consultant Cardiologist and Mr
Chris Munsch Consultant Cardiothoracic Surgeon. Mr Stanton thanked
them all for the wonderful care he had received whilst a patient at
many thanks Mr Stanton.
wife Mary and I were invited to a concert given by The Harwood Singers
at The Oxford Place Methodist Church.
Following a lovely performance given by the choir, I was presented
with a cheque for the sum of £1000.00. Take Heart was their
chosen charity of the year and this magnificent sum was raised by
concerts throughout 2011. My grateful thanks to everyone concerned.
Some of the Choir and the presentation by the conductor of the Choir,
you a patient or carer?
Would you like to help us shape Tomorrow’s Doctors?
HEART ANNUAL DAY TRIP. SUNDAY 10TH JUNE 2012
spring just around the corner, it is time once more to plan our summer
day out. This year we will be going to Scarborough for the day.
for the coach trip will be £10 for Adults and £6 for Children.
will pick up at Leeds, Morley, Pudsey, Bradford. Booking form enclosed,
please return form before April 30th.
you would like to book, please ring me on 0113 257 6548.
MONEY FOR TAKE HEART
Kurdyla will be running the London Marathon for us,
Joe Dodds is running the Leeds Half Marathon
and Emma Henderson who works for the Community
Cardiac Team is also running the Leeds Half Marathon.
James Haley will be doing the Forest run in September.
Following last year’s tremendous success, Hilary
Sylvester and friends are providing a repeat performance
of their Cream Tea afternoon on Saturday 9th June 2012 - 2pm till
4pm at Bilton Community Centre, 48 Bilton Lane, HARROGATE HG1 3DU.
A chance to buy handmade crafts and cakes, Tombola, Book Stall, Scones
with Strawberries and Cream and Tea and Coffee. Enquiries to Hilary
Sylvester 01423 509440.
We are overwhelmed by the generosity of those who expend time and
effort in helping us continue the work of the charity here in the
Yorkshire Heart Centre at LGI. If you would like to sponsor anyone
who is mentioned above, please go to the website www.takeheart.net
and click on “sponsorship.”
Thanks also to those who have contributed to our Surgical Ward 14
(now 15) appeal (story on our website). We have already spent several
thousand pounds on the new ward and I’ll give more details and
pictures next issue.
Trustee and Web Designer
P.S. Letter from an energetic previous Fundraiser
Just thought I’d drop you a quick line to let you know I successfully
made it up Mt Kilimanjaro and raised £3,300 for SPARKS, the
children's medical research charity in the process! Quite a year!
Hope all's well with you and Take Heart and that my money's gone to
I never knew about Take Heart until I was finally told I needed ablation
for SVT. I am currently resting up at home and recovering well after
having the procedure last week.
I have had a genuine lifelong fear of hospitals and this was the first
time I had ever had to be in one for any length of time. I honestly
cannot tell you how amazing I think the Cardiac departments, Take
Heart and all the staff are. I was on Ward 19 ‘F’ Floor,
and was very kindly given side room 9 to try and make the whole experience
a little less anxious. The Zen garden which my room overlooked is
beautiful and really helped me get through the 5 hours of waiting
to go have the ablation. To some, free TV and a nice garden to look
at may not seem that important, but honestly, you should be so incredibly
proud of what you have done.
I’m only 26, one of the youngest I think in there at the time!
But I did get talking to a few of the older people, who sadly were
going to be in there for weeks. I had a particularly nice chat with
one gentleman, he was 92, been at the LGI for 3 weeks, misses his
wife dearly and couldn’t for the life of him work out why there
was a fish tank outside his ward! ? I explained Take Heart to him
and showed him some of the things it provides, and it really made
me happy that when I left, he was quite content watching the fish!
I don’t have much money, but I am going to be an avid follower
of Take Heart now and look for any opportunity to support. I’m
sure you get a lot of emails, but I just really want to let you know
that as cliché as it may sound, you will be changing people’s
lives and for people going through things a lot tougher than I did,
your efforts will make horrible times much easier for them and their
I wish you all the luck in the world
With great thanks from Abi Wilkinson and her very happy
and healthy new heart
Thank you for that Abi. It’s
always lovely to hear from people who have had a good experience
of the Yorkshire Heart Centre. For those who want to know, "SVT"
stands for supraventricular tachycardia. SVT is a rhythm disorder
which involves the upper chambers of the heart ("supraventricular"
means above the ventricles or lower chambers). SVT is unlike other
types of heart disease and affects people of all ages. When someone
has SVT, their heart rhythm goes out of control and suddenly starts
all at Take Heart.
I would like to say a how much we appreciated your beautiful Zen Garden
when my Dad was rushed into hospital last weekend. I had to drive
up from Buckinghamshire early Saturday morning, dropping my young
daughters off at in-laws in Sheffield then onto Leeds for a quick
cuppa before taking my Mum and handicapped brother into the LGI.
was so calming to look out onto the garden as we were all extremely
tired and stressed . Watching the little lanterns light up was beautiful.
In fact, as we were too tired to go home between visiting, it reminded
us of the Thai Cottage round the corner of the hospital where we then
went for a relaxed, quiet meal!! I would like to make a donation early
in the New Year towards making the Cardiac a positive place to stay.
With many thanks.
need new trustees to help run our Charity – in fact, we have
vacancies for six at the moment.
trustees are vital to Take Heart and you would find the commitment
and work involved very satisfying. Many of you enjoy a better life
style, given to you by the surgeons and staff at the LGI, so can you
repay them by supporting your charity and consider being a trustee?
work of being a trustee isn’t demanding. We hold a number of
committee meetings (approximately one a month) and other activities
we undertake include our promotional stall in the reception area of
the hospital selling various items, coffee mornings, collecting days,
newsletters plus many other items to promote Take Heart.
of the six vacancies we have at present, it becomes hard on the other
trustees to cover all the various activities, so this is why we need
the work is voluntary and unpaid but we are fortunate in having the
commitment of everyone to ensure the continuation of the worthwhile
function of the charity.
AGM is in June so why not think seriously about becoming a trustee?
The Chairman and any other trustee would be willing to talk to you
about what is involved and if necessary arrange for a visit to one
of our committee meetings – without any obligation whatever.
have we got your attention on this very important message?
you going to volunteer as a trustee?
consider this seriously and if you feel you could consider being a
trustee, please contact us. The closing date for applications is June
If you do not wish to be involved as a trustee, would you still like
to be involved as a volunteer to help in various functions?
VIRGIN MONEY GIVING
Take Heart recently changed its method of accepting donations and
sponsorship on the internet by signing up with Virgin Money Giving
and this is proving to be an excellent move. To donate any amount
of money, please click the Virgin icon above.
have also signed up with Vodafone who kindly allow any mobile
phone to make a donation of up to £10 by text message to Take
Heart. For example, to donate £3.00, simply text 70070
with the following message: TAKE44 3 (TAKE44 is our
code for Take Heart and the 3 is the amount you donate.) There is
an immediate reply text to you to say thank you. Vodafone charge us
nothing for this service and every penny comes to Take Heart.
are always on the lookout for new and secondhand books to
on our stalls. If you would like to donate any books, please
give me a ring on 01924 383646 or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Books should be in new or very clean condition since they
may be used within the hospital setting. We can collect them
RUNS TAKE HEART?
you ever wondered who the people are behind Take Heart and responsible
for the day to day running of our charity - well, click
here to find out
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Morrish and Co. Solicitors
As Honorary Solicitors, Morrish Solicitors LLP offers free initial
legal advice to our members and their families. To seek advice telephone
Tom Morrish (Yeadon Office) on Leeds 0113 250 7792.or Charlotte Bandawe
(City Centre) on 0113 245 0733 or Charles Clough (Pudsey Office) on
Leeds 0113 257 0523
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