Patient backs Every Heart Matters appeal to build west Suffolk cardiac centre
PUBLISHED: 12:51 28 July 2017
A former heart patient who owes his life to West Suffolk Hospital has backed the £500,000 Every Heart Matters appeal to build a brand new cardiac diagnostic unit in Bury St Edmunds.
The My WiSH hospital charity appeal, backed by the Mercury series and the East Anglian Daily Times, was officially launched last week by Newmarket jockey Frankie Dettori.
Phil Bailey, who lives in Mundford, attended the launch. He was diagnosed with a faulty valve and heart failure in May 2013.
“I have always seen myself as being pretty fit,” said the 65-year-old. “So it came as a bit of a shock to the system.”
Since the operation Mr Bailey, who restores model boats, has returned to West Suffolk Hospital for medical check-ups and described the whole experience at the hospital as “superb”.
He said: “Ever since I set foot in that building I have felt really safe and comfortable and the actual follow up work has been superb as has all the care I received there.
“When I went back to the ward last week I was instantly recognised by the staff and that is four years down the line. You are part of something and there is nothing that they will not try to do to help you.
“When I first went onto one of the wards I crazed them to have my laptop so I could view my emails for my business.
“They set me up with free Wi-Fi and so I was able to get going straight away.”
“The care and concern of the wellbeing of any of their patients is uppermost and they are just fantastic.
“The more people who know what’s going on about their hearts the better for the whole community.”
The Every Heart Matters appeal needs to raise £500,000 to support the build of a new cardiac diagnostic unit, alongside the cardiac suite, to create a fully integrated centre that will enhance the treatment of all cardiac patients.
The West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust is investing £5.2m with the £500,000 MyWiSH is hoping to raise helping the whole unit, which is currently fragmented on different floors, to be brought together in one purpose-built centre.