Helping hand given to heart patients

HEART patients have today given a helping hand to Ipswich Hospital's newest cardiac nurse.Sue Lawrence took up the post of cardiac assessment nurse in February .

HEART patients have today given a helping hand to Ipswich Hospital's newest cardiac nurse.

Sue Lawrence took up the post of cardiac assessment nurse in February .

Her role is to ensure that heart patients are seen and assessed quickly and efficiently, but until now she has had to borrow colleagues computers to help analyse and record her work.

Heartbeat East Suffolk, a support group for heart patients and their families, has now stepped in to help by donating a lap top computer to Mrs Lawrence.

Tony Hawes, Heartbeat chairman, said: “Sue did not have the necessary equipment to fully carry out, analyse and record her work and had to consistently borrow a computer where ever she could find one spare.

“In order to continue to improve the treatment of heart disease patients, Sue needs to record and report on all aspects of the work she is doing in order to satisfy the drug company and to justify the continuation of the post after the year is up. The computer presented by Heartbeat will help her in this to the benefit of all heart disease patients arriving at the Ipswich Hospital.”

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Heartbeat would like to thank Bill Bunn of Computers for Charity who helped the charity to provide the computer equipment.

The next meeting of Heartbeat is on Tuesday October 4 at the Suffolk Showground's Trinity Rooms at 7.30pm. All are welcome and entry is £1.

For further details of Heartbeat's activities or membership contact Tessa Hawes on 01394 384431.

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