Hospital says thank you to Cardiac Support Group
Airedale hospital said goodbye and thank you this week to the team of volunteers on the Cardiac Support Group as the group has decided to come to an end after almost 30 years.
A ceremony was held at the hospital where current and past volunteers were presented with certificates, thanking and congratulating them on all the hard work they had done over the last three decades.
The Cardiac Support Group began in the early 1980s and was initially funded with a legacy of money from a cardiac patient that she had left in her will.
Alongside practical support, the group raised money to provide equipment for the coronary care unit and the cardiac ward, and funding for education and further training. They also held monthly meetings which offered advice and support and was attended by members of the cardiac rehab team and was host to guest speakers.
In 1993 the hospital’s cardiac rehabilitation service started, which supports patients and their families in their recovery after a cardiac event and means patients have more support in their own homes from the team. As the cardiac rehab service has grown alongside cardiology treatments, the Cardiac Support Group made the decision that now is an appropriate time for them to close.
Nicola Drake, Cardiac Rehabilitation Clinical Lead, says “We’d like to express our thanks and gratitude to all previous and existing members of the Cardiac Support Group for their hard work, support and encouragement that they have provided to our service over many years. It has been a huge benefit to our patients.”