WORTHING Hospital has teamed up with Batman to launch a £1million appeal for a new heart care facility.
Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Trust’s Love Your Hospital charity is calling for help from heroes in its bid to raise the money.
Batman was the first superhero to pledge his support at the launch of the appeal at Food restaurant in Worthing on Thursday.
The masked figure, who was actually restaurant owner and charity patron Andy Sparsis, showed off his skills by rescuing a member of the public with his Batmobile during a simulated robbery.
One of the original Batmobile cars from the film series was used for the scene.
The rescue was staged to promote the appeal’s first major event – a superhero fun run and walk along Worthing seafront on September 4.
Love Your Hospital’s head of charity operations, Lesley-Anne Lloyd, said: “Everyone has their own superhero – they might be a father, mother or grandparent – but our superheroes are the doctors, nurses and other hospital workers who save your superheroes’ lives.
“The £1million Cardiac Unit Appeal is an opportunity for everyone to help our superheroes care for your superheroes as best they possibly can. Come as your favourite superhero or just come as you are – we’re all superheroes at heart.”
Cardiac catheterisation laboratories are used to carry out a variety of potentially life-saving heart procedures, investigations and therapies such as angiograms, which identify blockages in the coronary arteries that supply the heart muscle, and angioplasty, a method of clearing obstructed or narrowed blood vessels. Worthing Hospital acquired its first laboratory in 2004 and it has proved so successful that a second one is now required to continue expanding the availability of the service to people throughout West Sussex.
When the second laboratory opens, patients in the Chichester area, for example, will no longer have to travel to Southampton for this type of treatment.
The new facility will also allow the hospital to develop innovations in specialist treatment and enable more patients to go home on the same day they are treated. Increasing capacity will also reduce the risk of operations being cancelled and improve patient safety through access to specialised care in emergency situations.
Consultant cardiologist Dr Mark Signy said: “Time is of the essence whenever a patient comes in with a heart attack – ideally, we need to carry out the angioplasty procedure within an hour of the patient’s arrival.
“But some of the planned procedures we undertake in the lab take a long time and can’t be interrupted, so having a second facility will allow us to treat emergencies alongside more routine cases rather than having to make them wait. The new lab will also allow us to do more of our patients from West Sussex in West Sussex. It will really make a huge difference to the care we can provide all round.”
For more information about the £1 million Worthing Hospital Cardiac Unit Appeal or to obtain a superhero fun run and walk sponsorship pack, contact the Love Your Hospital charity on 0800 028 4890 or email firstname.lastname@example.org