Letters, Tuesday, January 20, 2015

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Help at hand for heart victims

I WOULD like to congratulate Mike Roper on his volunteer of the year award for his work raising funds for the British Heart Foundation (BHF), featured in The Echo Tuesday, January 13.

 Coronary Heart Disease (CHD) affects a huge number of people in the North East. It is good to know the recovery rate after suffering a heart attack is high due to research carried out by the BHF and the care and treatment provided by the cardiology department and physios at Sunderland Royal Hospital.

 Mike stated he did not think there was enough after care when a patient leaves hospital.

 I would like to make everyone aware of the after care available.

 Before being discharged patients are offered, if they wish, a six-week rehab programme consisting of two gentle exercise classes a week, which includes a talk on various options such as diet, stress management and a number of other factors.

 Following that, they are encouraged and offered further exercise in the community at Wellness Centres across the city and the opportunity to join our group – the Sunderland Cardiac Support Group. We also offer exercise classes run by trainers who are qualified to the same standards as the physios at Sunderland Royal Hospital.

 We are all volunteers who mostly have had heart trauma ourselves so can relate to the problems people face after having a heart related trauma.

 While we can not offer medical advice, we can offer support to the patient and their partners with exercise, social meetings, walks and much more.

 If you would like more information and times of classes, you can contact me, Barry Cook, secretary/trustee, on 565 6892.

Barry Cook

Ill conceived idea

IN with a bang out with a whimper.

 The Labour Party’s policy to freeze energy prices is in total disarray.

 This ill conceived idea, written on the back of a fag packet, is indicative of the Labour Party’s economic incompetence.

 This is what happens when you allow the lunatics to run the asylum.

 There are few certainties in life but if Labour win the next General Election you can count on higher interest rates, more borrowing, more public spending and more debt.

 You have been warned.

Dennis McDonald,

Seaburn

Taking advantage

IN these days of the Government forcing the councils to tighten their belts to save umpteen millions every financial year, why not cut down on the number of unnecessary concession passes been given out by the authorities?

 Also charge the 50p a time for the journey to the passenger instead of the council taxpayer (more than £30million in Tyne and Wear, I was told, was spent last year).

 I sympathise with the elderly and the genuine cases but we’re all in the same boat and a lot of people are taking advantage of the system.

Ralph Arnold,

Seaham