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Nurse who suffered heart attack now takes on charity bike ride

Posted on Friday 6th July 2012
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Stephen Riley

A charge nurse at West Cumberland Hospital in Whitehaven who found himself on the receiving end of patient care when he suffered a heart attack at work, is now taking on the Manchester to Blackpool Night Bike Ride to raise funds for the British Heart Foundation.

Stephen Riley, 46, woke up one Friday morning in January feeling unwell but made his way into work to the theatres at the hospital. Within minutes of arriving he felt very unwell and luckily his colleagues were there to take him straight to A&E where he was given emergency treatment to stabilise his condition. When he was told he had suffered a heart attack, he was shocked because he was usually fit and well and cycled into work every day.

Stephen spent the weekend in the coronary bay at West Cumberland Hospital and was then transferred to the new Heart Centre in the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle on the Monday for an angiogram. Whilst the whole experience was extremely worrying, Stephen felt reassured and confident in the seamless care he received. Now on the road to recovery and back at work, he has nothing but praise for the staff members who cared for him: “As a member of staff I see how patients are looked after in a professional and caring manner every day, but to experience that care as a patient is altogether different.

“The A&E staff are responsible for saving my life and the team on the Coronary Care Unit make me feel proud to be part of the organisation. The staff made a frightening and uncertain time bearable.”

Stephen focused on getting himself ‘back to normal’ by registering on the British Heart Foundation website for the Manchester to Blackpool Night Ride whilst he was still in hospital.

The Night Ride takes place on 29 September 2012 and begins at Manchester’s Trafford Centre at 11pm. Riders then make their way 52 miles up the coast arriving at Blackpool Tower in time for sunrise. Blackpool Council has agreed to leave the illuminations on for the cyclists arriving.

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  • The Heart Centre at the Cumberland Infirmary where Stephen was treated is holding its first annual charity ball at the Shepherds Inn & Auctioneer, Carlisle on Saturday 21 July 2012 at 7.30pm. There will be hot buffet, disco and raffle and all funds raised will go the Heart Centre.
  • Tickets are priced at £22.50 and are currently on sale in the Heart Centre. Call 01228 814377 or pop in to see the team to buy your ticket.