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Healthy Hearts secures major grant
HEALTHY HEARTS SECURES MAJOR NATIONAL HEART HEALTH GRANT
Healthy Hearts has been awarded a prestigious grant from British Heart Foundation, to develop a programme of training for Community Champions to help their communities to identify whether they have heart disease risk factors and to live healthy lifestyles.  This exciting new programme will be delivered by the charity in association with its well established Partnership Group to enable widespread delivery of the healthy lifestyle message across Sandwell and the Black Country.
Professor Liz Hughes - Medical Director
500 Screened in Sandwell
REPORT BY PROFESSOR LIZ HUGHES (MEDICAL DIRECTOR)
One of Healthy Hearts chief partners, Sandwell Medical Research Unit (SMRU) has recently completed screening of 500 people as part of the NHS Vascular Checks Programme, on behalf of the Sandwell PCT.
The SMRU team whose members are also involved in the charity's screening events screened Sandwell residents in many localities including night shifts at parcel depots, community events and other locations across Sandwell.
A significant number of people were identified with risk factors of heart disease and stroke and referred to their primary care practitioners and on to specialist services where needed.
Another great success for the Healthy Hearts Project!
Kapel Dev - Healthy Hearts patron
Kapel Dev, the famous Indian cricketer has generously agreed to become patron of Healthy Hearts. 
He has become involved, with the charity as a result of his interest in heart health and says: "Let's hit heart disease and diabetes for six!"
Healthy Hearts Brochure

A Healthy Hearts Institute Brochure is now available for download:

Healthy Hearts Institute Brochure

Olympic Torch and Healthy Hearts

Olympic Torch bearer and Sandwell Irish Association member Juanita Williams shares the Olympic Torch with Healthy Hearts administrator Linda King. Juanita has cycled all over the world raising money for charity. The Healthy Hearts community partnership meets regularly at East End Foods, West Bromwich.

 Olympic Torch bearer Juanita Williams shares the Olympic Torch with Healthy Hearts administrator Linda King

Old Chapel - New Home

The Old Chapel, Sandwell Hospital is the new home for Healthy Hearts. Sandwell consultant Professor Liz Hughes is also Medical Director of Healthy Hearts. “I am very excited about the opening of our new education and screening centre in the Old Chapel”, says Liz.

 Professor Liz Hughes outside the Old Chapel

The Hospital Trust has granted Healthy Hearts a three-year lease of the chapel.  It is one of the oldest parts of the hospital and in the past services were held there for long term patients.  In recent years it has been used for storage by the Estates Department.  Now it is coming back to life following restoration as an important new destination for discovering the benefits of healthy lifestyles.

The Healthy Hearts campaign has been running at Sandwell Hospital since 2007.  Over 6,000 people from minority and disadvantaged communities in Sandwell have benefitted from health screening and advice given by the Healthy Hearts team.  Healthy Hearts will continue to work closely with staff at Sandwell hospital and in particular at the Sandwell Medical Research Unit.

 

Healthy Hearts is a charity and social enterprise with headquarters in the West Midlands and supported by the Department of Health. We provide a mobile service for the assessment of diabetes and cardiovascular risk to adults (>25 years). A team of local doctors and nurses provide a comprehensive vascular assessment in a variety of community settings.


Healthy Hearts – a charity and social enterprise delivering health care to disadvantaged communities.