Foxes favourite heads hos­pi­tal heart group

Hinckley Times - - NEWS -

LEICESTER CITY leg­end Alan ‘The Birch’ Birchenall has be­come pa­tron of the Leicester Car­diac Surgery Re­search Pub­lic and Pa­tient In­volve­ment (PPI) group.

Club am­bas­sador and former player Birchenall, a favourite with foxes fans, be­comes fig­ure­head for the group, which runs as a part­ner­hip be­tween the Univer­sity of Leicester, Leicester’s Hos­pi­tals, mem­bers of the pub­lic and pa­tient volunteers.

Headed by Pro­fes­sor Gavin Mur­phy, the group will re­view ap­pli­ca­tions for new heart surgery stud­ies, sug­gest ar­eas for fu­ture re­search, at­tend pub­lic events, en­gage with so­cial net­work­ing, and help pro­mote Glen­field Hos­pi­tal as a cen­tre for ex­cel­lence for life­sav­ing re­search.

Pro­fes­sor Mur­phy, con­sul­tant car­dio­tho­racic sur­geon at Leicester’s Hos­pi­tals and Bri­tish Heart Foun­da­tion chair of car­diac surgery in the Depart­ment for Car­dio­vas­cu­lar Sciences at the Univer­sity of Leicester, said: “We are hon­oured that Alan has ac­cepted the po­si­tion of pa­tron of the Leicester Car­diac Surgery Re­search PPI Group.

“His first-hand ex­pe­ri­ence of our ser­vices, to­gether with his char­ity work cam­paign­ing for de­fib­ril­la­tors in pub­lic places, means that Alan is per­fect for the role.”

Mr Birchenall said: “It’s an hon­our to be asked to be the pa­tron of this group.

“I’m liv­ing proof of how im­por­tant it is for peo­ple to be in­volved in and know about heart surgery re­search so we can save more lives in the fu­ture.”

In 2016, he suf­fered a car­diac ar­rest at an awards cer­e­mony and was treated by med­i­cal staff in the au­di­ence us­ing a de­fib­ril­la­tor, be­fore be­ing taken by am­bu­lance to the Glen­field Hos­pi­tal to be treated by heart spe­cial­ists.

For more in­for­ma­tion about the Car­diac Surgery Re­search PPI group con­tact Sue Page at sp504@le.ac.uk

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