Rallying calls to save cardiac unit

MHDE-01-11-10-NURSE-NOV08-03'Pictured is Viv Crouch ( Community Cardiac Rehab Sister ), based at Danetre Hospital, who will be retiring this week.
MHDE-01-11-10-NURSE-NOV08-03'Pictured is Viv Crouch ( Community Cardiac Rehab Sister ), based at Danetre Hospital, who will be retiring this week.
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A campaign and a petition have been launched to try to re-open the cardiac rehab service at Danetre Hospital.

Viv Crouch, who used to run the Cardiac Rehab Unit, is organising the meetings to show how much the service is needed.

Meanwhile, a petition is winning massive support from residents.

The unit at Danetre Hospital, off London Road in Daventry, was set up in 200 5 and funded by the National Lottery. But it closed on April 24 when funding ran out, leaving patients having to travel to Kettering for the same service.

The rehab unit helped patients improve their lifestyles through diet and exercise to not only speed up recovery, but to reduce their risk of further cardiac events.

Viv Crouch set up and ran the Danetre service and she is now calling for patients’ help in trying to save it. She said: “I said previously I wanted to have a meeting with people and the MP, Chris Heaton-Harris, to discuss the situation, and now we have a date sorted out. The meeting will take place on Thursday next week, July 18, at 6pm at the Holiday Inn at Flore.

“I’d urge people to come along and make their views heard. It’s a chance for people to talk about the closure and see if there is a way forward.”

Penny Moore, manager of the British Heart Foundation shop in Daventry, said: “For many people who have serious cardiac problems just walking can be a real struggle. Travelling to Kettering is a long way, if you don’t have a car.

“Imagine when walking makes you struggle for breath, having to get to a bus stop, you might have to switch buses, then walk to the hospital and do it all again coming home.

“People may end up worried and anxious.”

On Saturday members of the Daventry Labour Party collected names for a petition against the closure of the unit.

Wendy Randall, the group’s leader, said: “Lots of people didn’t know what was going on and were really angry. Making people travel to Kettering after a heart attack is not good enough. We had printed out enough petition sheets for 300 signatures but that was nowhere near enough.”

To add your signature visit wrandall@daventrydc.gov.uk or call into the Daventry Express offices.