“Having had many cardiac procedures over the years including two aortic valve replacements, the repair of an aortic root aneurysm and two pacemaker implants, I truly owe my life to the health care professionals involved in my care,”
said Mr Bridges.
“I wanted to give something back and particularly wanted to support the purchase of a piece of additional equipment to benefit cardiac patients like myself and my father who suffered a heart attack when medical technology was not sufficiently advanced to save his life,”
The generous donation went towards the purchase of the Ultrasound Machine which will be located in the Cath Lab at Royal Cornwall Hospital.
Duncan Sleeman, Principal Cardiac Physiologist, explained the difference the new kit will make to the patients at the hospital,
“The Vivid IQ, which is more compact than existing ultrasound machines, will decrease the delay in care for those patients that may suffer a pericardial effusion during a procedure, which is when there is a build-up of fluid in the space around the heart. At present if a perforation is suspected, in a patient that may be having a stent fitted for example, the team have to make an emergency call and await an ultrasound machine to be transferred to the lab,” he explained.
“This can cause a delay to treatment and although may only be a matter of minutes, with this new piece of equipment located inside the lab the teams will be able to carry out the scan immediately and transmit any information direct to other specialists if required,” Mr Sleeman adds.
In addition, the high tech piece of kit also contains a vascular probe which will assist cardiologists in the accurate and efficient location of the radial artery again saving time and improving the level of care given to patients.
Mr Bridges visited the team to view the machine and the excitement of the team at having it located in situ was very evident.
“It was great to be able to introduce Mr Bridges to the team and for him to view the equipment he had helped to purchase. Hearing first-hand how it would benefit our patients and staff was much appreciated. This additional piece of kit is clearly going to help deliver care that goes beyond the expected level,” said Karen Murrish, Fundraising Manager for the charity.
“The Cornish Unit Fund, part of Royal Cornwall Hospitals Charity, is utilised to provide additional equipment, enhanced care and environments that would not normally be provided through core funding,” she added.
Anyone interested in finding out more about supporting the Cornish Heart Unit Fund is asked to contact the RCHT Charity Fundraising Team. Rcht.firstname.lastname@example.org 01872 252858.