A £23,000 fundraising appeal has been launched by the British Heart Foundation (BHF) to help pay for a new heart scanner at Leeds General Infirmary.
The 2D echocardiograph machine, which costs £50,000 in total, produces images of the structure of a patient’s heart, which can prove vital in heart valve surgery.
More than 850 cardiac surgical procedures take place at the Yorkshire Heart Centre at LGI every year.
The hospital’s workload includes around 120 aortic valve implants as part of its Transtheratic Aortic Valve Implantation program which helps to treat older and more complicated patients without the need for open heart surgery.
The purchase of a new scanner would allow health professionals in the intensive care unit at LGI to gain images during routine working, emergencies and out of hours to tend to people who need specialist care after surgery.
BHF fundraising volunteer manager Sue Green, whose own mother benefited from a valve implant at the hospital at the age of 85 in 2014, is urging people in West Yorkshire to get behind the charity’s fundraising campaign.
She said: “Every pound raised, will help make a difference to people’s lives.
“The BHF urgently needs the support of people in West Yorkshire to help us buy this much needed piece of equipment.”
Coronary heart disease is the UK’s single biggest killer, causing around 73,000 deaths every year.
The BHF charity has been supporting research that has transformed the lives of people living with heart and circulatory conditions over the last 50 years.
To support the appeal or make a donation call 01274 548324 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.