Stoke Mandeville Hospital outpatients are to benefit from new equipment which helps people with abnormal heart rhythms thanks to a Freemasons donation.
Money was raised for a portable monitor which records the rhythm of the heart while someone is going about their day.
The funds for the machine, known as an electrocardiogram (ECG) monitor, were raised at Winslow Freemasons social events.
Dr Punit Ramrakha, consultant cardiologist at Bucks Healthcare NHS Trust, which runs the hospital, said: “Palpitations are a common complaint and being able to monitor our patients with a portable ECG helps us to understand whether their palpitations are due to an abnormal heart rhythm and how best to treat the symptoms. We are incredibly grateful to the masonic lodge for donating the new ECG monitor which will allow us to investigate and treat an extra 100 patients a year.”
The monitor was presented to the cardiology department by Norman Hide and Bob Craig of Wineslai Masonic Lodge.
Mr Hide said: “Some of our lodge members and their wives have at some time been referred to Stoke Mandeville Hospital with abnormal heart rhythms and were very grateful for having the opportunity to wear an ECG monitor to assist in rectifying their problem. Bob Craig and I would like to take this opportunity, on behalf of those who have been treated by the cardiology department at Stoke Mandeville, to thank Dr Ramrakha and all the staff for their understanding and kindness.”