Stephanie Peacock MP has joined the British Heart Foundation (BHF) in encouraging people in Barnsley to seek immediate help if they are experiencing symptoms of a heart attack or stroke.
The extraordinary pressures faced by the NHS over the last two years have had a profound impact on care and treatment for the 15,000 people in Barnsley East with heart and circulatory diseases.
The suspension of regular check-ups, combined with potentially life-threatening delays to heart operations have all contributed to worse physical and mental health for many heart patients, despite the unwavering efforts of the NHS.
Recent reports of long waits for ambulances have only caused further concerns for those affected, but both the BHF and Ms Peacock insist that residents still reach out for medical assistance whenever they need it.
The MP said:
‘Though it is of course worrying to hear of disruption to ambulance services, it is absolutely vital that people in Barnsley don’t put off seeking medical help when they need it.
If you think your heart condition is getting worse, or you are experiencing symptoms of a heart attack or stroke, please do not delay in dialling 999.’