Leeds heart unit patients to benefit from £5k blood test boost

Leeds General Infirmary. Picture by rossparry.co.uk/ Steven Schofield.
Leeds General Infirmary. Picture by rossparry.co.uk/ Steven Schofield.
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A £5,000 grant is set to fund home blood testing kits that will make life easier for young people with heart conditions.

The generous grant from Global’s Make Some Noise charity is set to prove a big boost to the Children’s Heart Surgery Fund (CHSF), which supports patients from across Yorkshire who are treated at Leeds General Infirmary’s heart unit.

It will pay for 16 INR home testing kits, which will enable families to monitor blood levels themselves without the need to make regular trips to hospital or their GP.

They phone the blood test results in to a specialist clinic which can then advise on any changes to medication.

Sharon Coyle, director of CHSF, said: “Families benefit enormously by having these machines – as well as the practical difference, the psychological impact on a child is immense – knowing they are in control of a small part of their own care.”

Many patients have their blood coagulation levels – the clotting of the blood – checked every one or two weeks, which can impact on children, their families and schooling.

The latest donation follows the CHSF’s purchase of more than 30 INR machines, which are also provided to some adults, for patients over the last two years.

Global, the brand behind radio stations including Capital FM, set up the national charity Make Some Noise to help disadvantaged children across the UK last year.

Emma Bradley, Make Some Noise director, added: “Global’s Make Some Noise is delighted to support the Children’s Heart Surgery Fund. We’re huge fans of the work that they do, and we’re so pleased that they’ve been part of our inaugural campaign to make some noise and change young lives.”

Visit www.chsf.org.uk for further information.