People go red for Worthing Hospital’s new appeal

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HUNDREDS of people have been seeing red this month in support of Worthing Hospital’s latest fund-raising campaign.

But, in this case, it is not a bad thing, as residents, businesses and organisations have all been going “Red in Feb” in a bid to raise £1million for a new cardiac catheterisation laboratory.

The hospital led the way with the fund-raising, raising hundreds of pounds by dressing up in red, organising raffles and selling cakes across all departments on Friday.

Assistant head of pharmacy operations, Helena Bird, said: “We are really pleased with how the pharmacy department have pulled together for a really important cause. We all dressed up in red, and have organised both a raffle and a jewellery and bric-a-brac sale over here, but I know the other departments have also really put an effort in. I think this is really good for the hospital as well, it has brought all the departments together.”

Outside of the hospital, businesses have also been “red-dy” to help, organising their own fund-raising days in support of the new lab.

At the Herald and Gazette office, the team all paid at least £1 to dress in red for the day, while at Balloon Wrap in Downlands Parade, a red-themed window display of balloons and decorations has been raising money through donations for the whole of February.

Worthing businesses Fish Factory, in Brighton Road, and Food, in New Street, also stepped out in red for the appeal, as did staff at the Richard John hair salon in Royal Arcade and the Natwest branch in Goring Road – who also organised a raffle and a heart-shaped cake baked by manager Si Allen.

Cardiac catheterisation laboratories, or “cath labs”, offer non-invasive surgical procedures which allow patients to have life-saving heart operations without the need of general anaesthetics. Procedures carried out at the labs include angioplasty and coronary catheterisation.

There is already one cath lab at Worthing Hospital, but head of cardiology, Dr Mark Signey, said a second lab will mean the hospital will be able to see an extra 200-400 patients a year, taking the labs’ total capacity to 600-800 patients a year from the Worthing and Chichester areas.

Dr Signey said: “A second lab will mean we will eradicate delays caused by things such as maintenance and service, as we will have two labs running side by side. Also, patients with acute heart problems will have less time to wait before their procedure.”