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Cardiac Rehab Service shortlisted for national award

- People of County Durham and Darlington asked to vote -

The County Durham and Darlington Cardiac Rehabilitation Programme has beaten stiff competition from around the UK to be a finalist in the Cardiac Rehabilitation Awards.

Funded by the British Heart Foundation (BHF) and organised by the British Association for Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation (BACPR) the awards showcase the most excellent examples of cardiac rehabilitation in the UK.

The Durham and Darlington Cardiac Rehabilitation Programme is one of 10 programmes which have been shortlisted, out of 40 who entered. The winning centre will receive £2,000 and two runner-up centres receive £500 each, to be used for service improvement.

The public are invited to vote for the Cardiac Rehabilitation Centre that they feel most deserves the accolade and prize. The result of the public vote, along with an expert panel of judges, will find three finalists, with the overall winner decided at the BACPR conference in October 2011.

There are two ways to vote. By calling 0901 121 0309* or by sending an email to stating the name of the team in the subject line. No other information is necessary.

Joy McCulloch, lead Cardiac Rehabilitation/Coronary Heart Disease Specialist Nurse for Durham and Darlington Cardiac Rehabilitation Programme, said: "The Secondary Care Cardiac Rehabilitation (CR) Service in County Durham and Darlington Foundation Trust (CDDFT) has developed a seamless CR service that benefits from close co-operation and communication between a range of local and national partners.

"The team serves the population of Bishop Auckland, Darlington, Durham and other nearby towns and villages, and rural areas of Teesdale, Weardale, Swaledale where there is a high incidence of Coronary Heart Disease

"The service has been shown to reduce the length of hospital stays and hospital readmissions as well as GP visits. It increases length and quality of life and is very cost effective. Patients and carers are our passion and our inspiration. We are privileged indeed to be able to provide an innovative and comprehensive CR service for them."

Dr Mike Knapton, Associate Medical Director (Prevention & Care) at the British Heart Foundation added: "Heart disease touches us all and the BHF is dedicated to keeping vulnerable hearts beating through our pioneering research, support and care for patients and their families. The joint BAPCR and BHF Cardiac Rehabilitation Award provides an unrivalled opportunity to showcase some of the best examples of cardiac rehabilitation currently provided in the UK and for this knowledge and practice to be shared with other centres throughout the UK. We hope the people of County Durham and Darlington vote for their local centre and give it the recognition it deserves."

Voting opens at 9am today (6 June) and voters have until 9am on Monday 4 July to cast their vote.

Cardiac rehabilitation is the process by which patients with cardiac disease, in partnership with a multidisciplinary team of health professionals, are encouraged and supported to achieve and maintain optimal physical and psychosocial health. Research has shown that comprehensive cardiac rehabilitation reduces deaths and improves quality of life for people with heart disease.

*Please note: Emails are free to send but are restricted to one vote per email address. Closing date is 9am on July 4th 2011. Emails sent after the closing time and date will be discarded.

Lines open at 9am on the 6th June 2011 and close at 9am on the 4th July 2011.Votes received after the closing date will not be counted but may still be charged. Each phone vote costs 26 pence per call from a BT landline. Please note that payphones, mobiles and non-BT network provider charges may vary. 9p from each call will be donated to the BHF.

Service supplied by: Advanced Telecom Services, PO Box 788, London EC1V 7ZA.  Customer Services: 0845 121 2891

Published: 3 June 2011

'In recent times, I have utilised admissions to Richardson for respite direct from my fracture clinic, even at weekends. I have never worked anywhere with this efficiency before - it is reassuring and invaluable for the patient.'

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