Peter’s heartfelt thanks

cardiacsd'Peter Lunn

cardiacsd'Peter Lunn

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a SOUTH Yorkshire man was given a new lease of life thanks to a specialist cardiac service in the city which has been praised in a patient survey.

For years, Peter Lunn suffered from increasing shortness of breath and tiredness.

But now the 69-year-old, from South Anston, can breathe easy again - after undergoing treatment at the Cardiac Rhythm Management Service, based at the Northern General Hospital.

He was first fitted with a cardiac resynchronisation device with a defibrillator, before being seen again later in the year to have his heart restored back to its normal rhythm using a controlled electric shock called a cardioversion.

Mr Lunn said: “I want to say a sincere thank you to the CRM team for the way in which they looked after me throughout my treatment.

“My symptoms have now significantly improved.

“From the first referral I was relaxed and reassured by the way procedures and treatments were explained in words that were easy to understand.

“After my device was implanted and then the cardioversion, there have been follow up appointments and ECG checks to the device - all of which speaks well for the level of care that can be accepted as normal from the service. I now believe that I have a much better chance of survival than I did before the treatment.”

Mr Lunn is just one of many patients who use the service to give the thumbs up to the great treatment they get there when a satisfaction survey was carried.

The overall rating for both clinics showed 89 per cent of patients thought the service was at least very good with a large number of patients rating the service as excellent.

Andrew Horwood, arrhythmia nurse specialist at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We welcome the results of this survey.

“The experience of patients is our top priority therefore their opinions will always remain one of the most important measures by which we view our performance.”

The Cardiac Rhythm Management Service is one of the many heart specialisms set to benefit from the newly launched South Yorkshire Heart Appeal.

The campaign aims to raise cash for innovative projects and world class research at the South Yorkshire Cardiothoracic Centre, also in the Northern General Hospital.

To find out more about the appeal contact Carol Denton, Fundraiser on 0114 3052105 or email carol.denton2@sth.nhs.uk.