Heartful dodgers run for NBT

Thursday, 27 August 2009

‘The Heartful Dodgers’ – a team of cardiac rehabilitation staff and patients from North Bristol NHS Trust (NBT) are taking part in the Bristol half marathon to raise money for the cardiac rehabilitation programme based at the Trust.
Chris Adams, 66, from Frampton Cottrell joined the cardiac rehabilitation service after he suffered a heart attack over three years ago during a holiday in Devon.
Chris had spent the day fishing and was busy in the caravan clearing away dishes when what he thought was indigestion turned out to be a heart attack and he was taken by ambulance to the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital.
He had an angioplasty operation at the hospital and spent 11 days recovering.
After returning home to Bristol, the Cardiac Rehabilitation team at NBT called to ask if he wanted to take part in the programme. Chris, Roger and Jimmy who attend the programme were so impressed with the service that they made the decision to walk the Bristol Half Marathon to raise money for the service.
Chris said: “It was great to be part of a group with people who have experienced the same worries and emotions as you.
“The staff are so understanding and helpful, if you have any queries or concerns they are happy to step aside from the class and allay any fears or worries. If it wasn’t for the programme and the team I am not sure I would be back at work. I feel like I am capable of doing the same things as I could before the heart attack.
“The rehab team have put so much work into putting us back on the road we wanted to give them something back.”

Louise Hill, NBT cardiac rehabilitation nurse specialist, said: “We were delighted when three of our patients came to us with the idea, we feel a great sense of pride that the patients we have worked with are now able to continue their lives so confidently and want to raise money for our service.
“Several of our patients have had heart attacks or coronary artery bypass surgery and are often very anxious about exercising afterwards. We give patients and their families the opportunity to attend a seven-week rehabilitation programme which includes exercise, relaxation training, emotional support and education.
“This gives them the opportunity to ask questions about their diagnosis, treatment and recovery.”

The eight-strong team includes three cardiac rehabilitation patients, team members include: Julia Mullins, (exercise physiologist) and Louise Hill (cardiac rehabilitation nurse specialist) Jim Bryant, Roger Rowan, Chris Adams, Jackie Victory, (previously cardiac rehabilitation nurse specialist) Joanne Hall and Sara Beddoes.
The team would like to raise money to buy more equipment and resources which can be used to help cardiac patients rehabilitate. This includes 30 heart rate monitors, an ECG machine and physiology books to be used by staff.
If you would like to donate please visit the just giving website: www.justgiving.com/HeartfulDodgers/

The team have already had some great community support and would like to thank Tesco Express in Baileys Court, Bradley Stoke for their kind donation toward the team T-shirts.