11 May 2016 – Pam raises funds for stroke monitors
Pam Beaumont, stroke specialist nurse at Airedale NHS Foundation Trust, has been training hard for the Leeds Half Marathon 2016 to raise funds to buy monitors for patients who have had a stroke.
The specialist monitoring equipment will allow staff on the stroke ward at Airedale Hospital to monitor patients over seven days to look for atrial fibrillation (AF) and help prevent further strokes. People with AF are five times more likely to have a stroke than those without.
Pam said, “Early detection of AF will ultimately save lives which is why we are raising money to buy the monitors.
“This equipment will be much better than what we currently use. Atrial fibrillation can be intermittent, which means we don’t always detect it when patients wear monitors for only 24 hours. The new monitors will allow us to monitor patients over a longer period of time, whilst they continue with their normal activities which increases our chances of picking up on the condition.”
The unit is aiming to raise £10,000 which will allow them to purchase fourmonitors and the software.
The half marathon took place on Sunday 8 May and Pam completed the course in one hour 45 minutes. ‘So far we have raised just over five hundred pounds but we have many more events planned over the summer which will begin in June, Stroke Awareness Month’.
You can still sponsor Pam by visiting https://www.justgiving.com/Pamela-Beaumont or give to the appeal by contacting01535 292115