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New echo ultrasound machine at Cumberland Infirmary

Caroline Shaw, heart failure specialist nurse lead, Julie Kelly, lead cardiac physiologist, Barbara Dunn, British Heart Foundation fundraising manager for Cumbria, Davina Sim and other fundraisers from across north Cumbria with the new machine.
Caroline Shaw, heart failure specialist nurse lead, Julie Kelly, lead cardiac physiologist, Barbara Dunn, British Heart Foundation fundraising manager for Cumbria, Davina Sim and other fundraisers from across north Cumbria with the new machine.

[F]undraisers for the British Heart Foundation have helped to raise money for a new £38,000 echocardiogram ultrasound machine for the Cardiology department at the Cumberland Infirmary, Carlisle.

An echocardiogram uses ultrasound to examine the heart through the chest and check its condition. The new machine will be located on the Willow C ward and used for inpatients, which means they will be able to be assessed at their beds and won’t have to travel around the hospital for examinations. This also speeds up their diagnosis and lead to quicker treatment.

Half of the money needed for the new machine was raised by donations to the British Heart Foundation with the Trust providing the remaining funding. Fundraisers from across the county helped raise money and some came in to see what their hard work had achieved.

Davina Sim organises an annual charity golf competition at Silloth on Solway Golf Club to fundraise for the British Heart Foundation. She said: “I was really keen for the funds to be used in Cumbria and benefit the local people and this machine will be an excellent addition to the hospital”.

Caroline Shaw, heart failure specialist nurse lead, said: I would like to thank everyone who helped to raise money for this new machine. It will help diagnose heart conditions quicker enabling the right treatment to be started earlier. This will be of particular benefit to the new, hospital based, Heart Failure Service which was launched in the summer of this year.”

Barbara Dunn, British Heart Foundation fundraising manager for Cumbria, said, “We’re so grateful to everyone who helped raise this fantastic amount of money to buy this new machine, which will hugely benefit people in the area. Their incredible energy and enthusiasm is helping us win the fight for every heartbeat, and we would like to say a big thank you to them for their on-going support.”

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