The patient group from St Lawrence Surgery are celebrating after raising more than £1300 to help to prevent people suffering a stroke.
The Friends of St Lawrence Patient Participation Group has been fundraising over recent months and managed to raise the incredible amount to pay for brand new equipment that will allow people to check their risk of stroke.
St Lawrence is one of the first surgeries in the area to have an Atrial Fibrillation (AF) diagnostic bar on site as it is not normally available in the NHS.
Dr David Stokes, GP Practice Partner at St Lawrence, said:
“Atrial Fibrillation (AF) is a major cause of stroke and this new equipment will help us to identify more people with this condition, helping us to manage their care and prevent them from experiencing a stroke. All patients need to do is hold the bar for one minute and AF can be detected. The more people we can identify with AF the more strokes we can prevent. It is great having such dedicated patients working for the benefit of the whole practice population.”
The Friends of St Lawrence Patient Participation Group is made up of proactive volunteers, who regularly support the work of the doctors and nurses at the surgery – from providing education sessions to patients and self-care awareness, to walking and singing groups, and raising money for specialised equipment, like the AF bar, for the surgery.
Their recent fundraising, including a large Christmas Draw, was helped tremendously by sponsorship generously provided by Electronic Instruments Ltd (ETI) – the UK’s largest manufacturer of electronic thermometers.