Free pulse checks

PEOPLE still have time to go along to hospital and take advantage of free pulse checks as part of an awareness campaign.

A team of cardiac nurses have been offering the free checks as part of the national Arrhythmia Awareness Week, which is being supported by the North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust.

People can get their pulse checked between 2pm and 4pm today at the University Hospital of Hartlepool, in Holdforth Road, or the University Hospital of North Tees, in Stockton.

Information will also be available from the stands in the foyer.

Liz Harbron, a cardiac specialist nurse, said: “Pulse checks are one of the most effective ways of identifying heart abnormalities by monitoring regularity, strength and speed.

“This is a great opportunity to raise awareness about heart rhythm disorders and provide support and advice.

“We’re encouraging people to come along and take away information about a wide range of heart problems.”