‘Swell’ donation from Heart charity for Cardiac Department

The Cardiac Department at Royal Cornwall Hospital were thrilled to receive a generous donation in the form of £8,900 from the Heartswell Camelford and District branch, helping them purchase a new ECG machine to complete a PhD trial at the Trust.
Heartswell is a South West charity which supports heart patients, their relatives and carers across Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. The Camelford and District branch started in 1992 and to date has raised over £160,000.

The Myovista, a 12-lead high sensitivity ECG machine, helps with early detection of cardiac dysfunction in patients. This device aims to improve patient care and by streamlining triage of patients, and if the theosis of the research proves successful will help to reduce waiting lists both at RCHT and the wider NHS.

RCHT’s Senior Cardiac Psychologist/ Cardiac Scientist, Alexandros Hadjiantoni will be carrying out independent research on the new device, comparing it to current ECGs the Trust has in place and exploring the benefits of having this new ECG machine.

Members from the Camelford and District branch of Heartswell attended a demonstration of the machine by Alexandros, together with Liz Harding, Operational Manager for Heartswell and Rachel Rainbird, Charity Liaison Officer, where they found out more about how the machine works and how the research will be carried out.

Bill Livingstone, RCHT Chief Cardiac Psychologist explained.

“ECG’s are the most frequently used diagnostic tool in the NHS today, so by having the opportunity to purchase this machine and look into how it can benefit patients in Cornwall put us in a unique and leading position,”

explained Bill.

“With Heartswell generous donation, we are able to do a thorough critical review of this machine and our findings will help to determine whether we can look at bringing more of these machines into RCHT and the wider NHS.”

Added on December 20, 2018, in News - Cardiac Services / General News