- People of County Durham and Darlington asked to vote -
The County Durham and Darlington Cardiac Rehabilitation
Programme has beaten stiff competition from around the UK to be a
finalist in the Cardiac Rehabilitation Awards.
Funded by the British Heart Foundation (BHF) and organised by
the British Association for Cardiovascular Prevention and
Rehabilitation (BACPR) the awards showcase the most excellent
examples of cardiac rehabilitation in the UK.
The Durham and Darlington Cardiac Rehabilitation Programme is
one of 10 programmes which have been shortlisted, out of 40 who
entered. The winning centre will receive £2,000 and two runner-up
centres receive £500 each, to be used for service improvement.
The public are invited to vote for the Cardiac Rehabilitation
Centre that they feel most deserves the accolade and prize. The
result of the public vote, along with an expert panel of judges,
will find three finalists, with the overall winner decided at the
BACPR conference in October 2011.
There are two ways to vote. By calling 0901 121 0309* or by
sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
stating the name of the team in the subject line. No other
information is necessary.
Joy McCulloch, lead Cardiac Rehabilitation/Coronary Heart
Disease Specialist Nurse for Durham and Darlington Cardiac
Rehabilitation Programme, said: "The Secondary Care Cardiac
Rehabilitation (CR) Service in County Durham and Darlington
Foundation Trust (CDDFT) has developed a seamless CR service that
benefits from close co-operation and communication between a range
of local and national partners.
"The team serves the population of Bishop Auckland, Darlington,
Durham and other nearby towns and villages, and rural areas of
Teesdale, Weardale, Swaledale where there is a high incidence of
Coronary Heart Disease
"The service has been shown to reduce the length of hospital
stays and hospital readmissions as well as GP visits. It increases
length and quality of life and is very cost effective. Patients and
carers are our passion and our inspiration. We are privileged
indeed to be able to provide an innovative and comprehensive CR
service for them."
Dr Mike Knapton, Associate Medical Director (Prevention &
Care) at the British Heart Foundation added: "Heart disease touches
us all and the BHF is dedicated to keeping vulnerable hearts
beating through our pioneering research, support and care for
patients and their families. The joint BAPCR and BHF Cardiac
Rehabilitation Award provides an unrivalled opportunity to showcase
some of the best examples of cardiac rehabilitation currently
provided in the UK and for this knowledge and practice to be shared
with other centres throughout the UK. We hope the people of County
Durham and Darlington vote for their local centre and give it the
recognition it deserves."
Voting opens at 9am today (6 June) and voters have until 9am on
Monday 4 July to cast their vote.
Cardiac rehabilitation is the process by which patients with
cardiac disease, in partnership with a multidisciplinary team of
health professionals, are encouraged and supported to achieve and
maintain optimal physical and psychosocial health. Research has
shown that comprehensive cardiac rehabilitation reduces deaths and
improves quality of life for people with heart disease.
*Please note: Emails are free to send but are restricted to one
vote per email address. Closing date is 9am on July 4th 2011.
Emails sent after the closing time and date will be discarded.
Lines open at 9am on the 6th June 2011 and close at 9am on the
4th July 2011.Votes received after the closing date will not be
counted but may still be charged. Each phone vote costs 26 pence
per call from a BT landline. Please note that payphones, mobiles
and non-BT network provider charges may vary. 9p from each call
will be donated to the BHF.
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Published: 3 June 2011
'I would like to thank all the staff for my treatment and their
Patient, Cardiology Department, Bishop Auckland Hospital