The Annual General Meeting of Take Heart was held in Littlewood Hall in Leeds
General Infirmary on Monday evening 10th June.
The chairman of Take Heart, Colin Pullan, MBE, announced that the charity has now
gone through the Three Million Pounds target, raised during the 24 years in which it
has been in operation. Unusually for charities, nothing is paid out in
salaries and only minimal expenditure is paid in expenses for the day
to day running of the charity. The charity provides everything possible
to make the heart patients experience as comfortable as possible. Free
bedside TV, free telephone calls and free internet to all heart patients.
Equipment, furnishings, décor and even free relatives suites are
There were murmurs of disbelief when Colin also announced that,
having been with Take Heart since its inception, this was to be his last 2-year
session as Chairman and he invited interested applicants to consider applying for
He would not be giving up involvement however and would be happy to take an
active part as a trustee.
Speakers at the AGM included Dominic Schlosshan, Consultant
Cardiologist who gave an interesting talk on a new procedure being
performed in the Centre with extremely good results. Transcatheter
Aortic Valve implementation involves replacing heart valves in
patients by “keyhole surgery.” This is beneficial to those patients
who would be unable to stand open heart surgery.
Dr Greg Reynolds, Clinical Director - Cardiology and
Respiratory Medicine then gave a talk on the standards achieved by the
Yorkshire Heart Centre and some of the misleading reports which had
been circulating over recent months – all of which have been refuted.
The Yorkshire Heart Centre has proven to be one of the safest in
surgical outcomes in the country, reinforcing its position as one of the
centres of excellence in the UK.
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