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a group of health workers with three older volunteers in a hospital gym.

Heart Health’s Dennis Bridgeland gives the donated exercise bike a workout, accompanied by fellow Heart Health volunteers Reg Wilkinson (left) and President Doug Short (right). They are pictured with Senior Community Physiotherapist Philip Rudd, Hastings Macleay Network Specialist Teams Nurse Unit Manager Michael Rohr, Community Physiotherapist Carolyn Hamilton, Cardiac Rehabilitation Coordinator Jannie Denyer and Physiotherapy Manager Anthony Best.

Hearty thanks for volunteer group’s gift

Aug 18, 2022

Heart Health NSW, a Port Macquarie Base Hospital volunteer organisation, plays a pivotal role in supporting Cardiac Care on the Mid North Coast.

Every week, Heart Health volunteers support Port Macquarie Base Hospital’s Cardiac Rehabilitation services in organisation, preparation and cleaning tasks, as well as supporting staff and the program’s participants.

The volunteers also conduct weekly community walks at Port Macquarie, Wauchope, Gladstone and Laurieton.

Heart Health also kindly donates equipment to the Coronary Care Unit and Cardiac Rehabilitation. The group’s latest donation, valued at about $3000, included a new upright exercise bike, thoracic supports for clients post-surgery, clip boards for use in the exercise class, and a Bluetooth speaker for virtual exercise classes.

Heart Health President Doug Short said it was a privilege to support the Cardiac Rehabilitation team at Port Macquarie Base Hospital.

“Heart Health and Cardiac Rehabilitation have a long and productive partnership at PMBH,” Mr Short said.

“We know our support is appreciated by staff, but we also know our support makes the world of difference to cardiac patients and their loved ones.

“It is an honour and a privilege to be able to help people regain their strength, their confidence and their independence.”

Physiotherapy Manager Anthony Best thanked the volunteers for their ongoing support.

“The generosity and collaboration with Heart Health is greatly appreciated,” he said.

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