Blackpool nurses put their big heart into it

Greta with Mr HeartyGreta with Mr Hearty
Greta with Mr Hearty
A '˜hearty' character was the special guest at a research awareness event for the public and staff at Blackpool Victoria Hospital yesterday.

Mr Hearty, the mascot of the British Heart Foundation (BHF), was on a stand in the hospital’s mezzanine helping to raise awareness of heart-related research projects.

Greta Van Duyvenvoorde and Steve Preston, senior research nurses for the Trust, organised the event, and Greta said: “The BHF puts a lot of money into research that allows us to improve the care we give locally.”

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The pair were on hand to conduct basic health checks, and to provide visitors with information about the projects.

“We have more than 30 running at the Lancashire Cardiac Centre [based at the Vic],” Greta added.

“We have the second highest patient recruitment on the north west coast.”