Rose Award for Bourne Health Centre cardio team

Laura Taylor, Amanda Griffiths, Susan Knight and Paula Groves with Roy Miskelly and Bill Robertson - the cardiac rehab team at Bourne. EMN-150729-222007009
Laura Taylor, Amanda Griffiths, Susan Knight and Paula Groves with Roy Miskelly and Bill Robertson - the cardiac rehab team at Bourne. EMN-150729-222007009

A Cardio Rehabilitation Team based at Bourne Health Centre, have been awarded The Local’s Rose Award for helping to transform the lives of many in the community who have suffered from heart problems.

Roy Miskelly, 67, from Bourne, nominated the team for the award, following the trauma of having a heart attack earlier this year.

“I’ve not felt this good for years, they’re an amazing team.”

In February, Roy suffered a heart attack, causing him to collapse in front of his wife at home. Luckily when his wife called for an ambulance, one was passing through Bourne and was able to reach Roy within minutes.

Paramedics confirmed that Roy had suffered a cardiac arrest and he was flown urgently to Lincoln Hospital.

Roy said: “It all happened so quickly, it was a scary experience.”

Arriving at the hospital at 10.30am, Roy’s operation was over in just under a few hours.

After being discharged from hospital, Roy noticed that he wasn’t starting to feel any better and began to suffer from severe anxiety.

Roy said: “I was unable to sleep properly and it was causing me great stress.”

With this in mind, Roy contacted his local GP, who later referred him to the Cardio Rehabilitation team at Bourne Health Centre.

The team at the health centre spent seven weeks caring for Roy, helping him to improve his physical wellbeing and reducing his stress and anxiety levels.

Roy has nothing but praise for the service which has helped turn his life around, he said: “They are a wonderful set of people who go to extreme lengths to ensure that physically people are recovered from their trauma.”

Roy was so pleased with the results that he booked a holiday for himself and his wife to Sussex.

Before attending the centre Roy weighed 19 stone, but now weighs only 14 stone, losing a grand total of five stone.

He said: “I’ve not felt this good for years, they’re an amazing team.”

The Cardio Rehabilitation Team in Bourne runs two sessions every Wednesday at the Elsea Park Centre.

The Sessions offer a 10 to 15 minute warm up, followed by vigorous exercises for half an hour, ending with light exercises to cool down. After the exercise, patients receive a presentation from the team on topics such as health and nutrition, relaxation techniques and looking after themselves.

Alongside the sessions, the team also carries out home visits to check up on patients.

The valuable service, which operates throughout the whole of South West Lincolnshire is run by the NHS and operates with the help of local nurses and volunteers.

Amanda Griffith, one of the cardiac rehabilitation nurses at the centre described Roy as a real success story. She was thrilled to receive the award, saying: “It was a real shock receiving the award, but a lovely surprise. It’s nice to be recognised for the work that we do.”

Thanks to Stephanies Flowers in Crown Walk for providing the Rose Award.