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Heartfelt thank you to NHS colleagues

After being left in awe by the care she received, at the very hospital she works in, Siobhàn Gordon now plans to thank her colleagues who saved her life.

Back in February, Head of Quality Hub & Healthcare Standards, Siobhàn, suffered an ST segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) heart attack and was rushed by ambulance to Worcestershire Royal Hospital, where she was taken to the Cardiac catheterization Lab for a lifesaving angioplasty.

Coronary angioplasty is a treatment that helps improve the blood supply to your heart. During the procedure, a special kind of balloon is gently inflated inside the coronary artery. Many people also have a stainless steel mesh called a stent positioned within the artery which allows blood to flow normally again.

Having never had experienced heart problems before, Siobhàn who has worked at Worcestershire Royal Hospital for the last five years said: “I was starting to feel really tired at work about 6 months before my heart attack and breathless when walking around. That day changed my life.”

Having spent five days on the coronary care unit after heart attack Siobhàn was full of praise for her colleagues who cared for her that day adding: “The team were amazing, calm, caring and considerate, they were all smiling and my hand was held and I was constantly reassured.  The team worked fast and the communication between them was amazing to listen to. I was still scared but in awe of their skill and determination.  Once my stent was inserted, I felt instantly better. The care from the coronary care team was simply exceptional”

Whilst taking time at home to recover Siobhàn has decided she wants to pay tribute to both the colleagues that saved her life, and Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust by having their names engraved on the British Heart Foundation Heart of Steel.

The Heart of Steel is a monumental sculpture in Yorkshire with space to engrave 150,000 names. You can donate to the British Heart Foundation and your name, or the name of someone you love, can be written on the Heart. Donations help to fund research into cures and treatments for heart and circulatory diseases, which kill 1 in 4 people in the UK.

Each member of staff who were involved in Siobhàn’s care will also receive a certificate to say their name will be included on the sculpture as a thank you.

Siobhàn added, “I’m so extremely proud and privileged to work with such amazing people and extremely grateful for everything they have done for me and my family.”

She is looking forward to re-joining her colleagues but says the experience has changed her outlook on life.

“My perspective towards life has changed, and I will spend more time relaxing with my family and friends. Having a supportive family and wonderful work colleagues has made my journey and recovery process much easier and not forgetting that if my son hadn’t found me and called the ambulance I wouldn’t be here today.”

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