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Unique donation for the Cumberland Infirmary's Heart Centre

Posted on Friday 11th March 2016
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The Heart Centre at the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle is set to receive an unusual donation next week… from the sale of a cow.

The Heart Centre at the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle is set to receive an unusual donation next week… from the sale of a cow.

Robin and Moira Fisher of Smalmstown Farm, Longtown, are taking their cows to auction at Borderway mart in Carlisle on 18 March and, as a former cardiology nurse, Moira has decided to donate the proceeds from the sale of one of the cows to The Heart Centre.

The sale is an important event in the lives of Robin, Moira and their son Tom– they have developed a very high standard herd of dairy cattle who are in excellent condition.  Moira worked for North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust from 1987 for five years training as a cardiology nurse. The cardiology department has rapidly developed since then - although still has a few familiar faces - with the opening of the Heart Centre at the Cumberland Infirmary in 2011.

Ward manager in the Heart Centre, Caroline Shaw, who previously worked with Moira, said: “As grateful as we are for all donations received, this is one of the most exciting donations we have had as we were able to spend some time at the farm. We are all animal lovers so it was really good to see the herd and our cow all nicely groomed ready for sale. We look forward to the auction and are extremely grateful for such a generous donation. The money from Kirkandrews Ponder Cactus 4 will be going towards a Rotablation kit.”

Rotablation is used during an angioplasty procedure when the plaque that has built up in an artery is too hard or narrow. A special catheter is inserted along the wire with a small drill on the tip to chip away at the plaque. The procedure is performed under local anaesthetic and is not painful for the patient. Staff at the Centre are very positive about this new piece of kit as it will mean patients no longer need to be transferred to Newcastle for the procedure.