New Project : Cardiology Project


Background


Heart disease is the second biggest cause of death in the UK after Dementia.

The project we have in mind is with Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (The Trust), The Trust comprises three hospitals, Basingstoke and North Hampshire Hospital, Hampshire County Hospital,Winchester and Andover War Memorial Hospital and all these hospitals serve North Hampshire.  Over the next 2 years The Trust are running an investment project to develop and expand the capability of the Cardiology Department. 


As a result of discussions with the Cardiology Department it was decided that help purchasing a piece of equipment to help with the treatment of atrial fibrillation would have the biggest impact.   Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common heart rhythm disturbance, affecting around 1 million people in the UK. It can affect adults of any age, but it's more common in older people. It affects about 7 in 100 people aged over 65.  With proper treatment, individuals with atrial fibrillation can live normal and active lives. ... Although AF is not considered life threatening, if left untreated it can lead to various complications such as blood clots, stroke, and heart failure.

The Project


The piece of equipment we are looking to fund is a Cardiac Electrical Signal recording apparatus.  This piece of equipment will facilitate procedures being carried out locally which currently involve patients travelling sixty miles.  The cost for this device is about £60,000.  We believe the Trust will be able to match anything we donate, so our target is £30,000 to be donated before the end of 2020.  This will help to improve the lives of hundreds of people every year.


To help achieve this target we will be looking to get help from other clubs in the area as well as applying for both a Community Grant and a District Grant.

We will also be looking to get as much publicity for Rotary as we can with the project and The Trust are happy to help with this.

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