Heart foundation expands its helpline services
The Irish Heart Foundation has announced details of an expanded helpline service and new freefone number which will be managed by Wexford town native, nurse Patricia Hall.
Calls will now be free of charge to the national heart and stroke helpline, with longer daily opening hours, evening opening, and plans in the pipeline to develop an online helpline service later this year. Nurse and Helpline Manager Patricia Hall said she was delighted with the service expansion.
'It's important to emphasise that, in the event of an emergency, an ambulance should be called. But for everything else, the Irish Heart Foundation National Heart and Stroke Helpline is here for you,' she added. The new helpline can be reached at 1800 25 25 50. Patricia, who has the weighty responsibility of managing the helpline, started off as a nurse trainee in St Vincent's Hospital in Dublin. Over the years, she has worked on the frontline in Dublin's major treatment hospitals, including Beaumont Hospital and the Mater Hospital.