A voluntary self-funding group of heart patients and their careers that help patients and careers face the future

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Affiliated to the British Heart Foundation

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Next Meeting Monday 20th April 2015

Buddy System

We are very keen to establish a “buddy” network as part of the group’s continuing desire to provide practical support to patients and families who have experienced a cardiac event. We are seeking volunteers from within the group to offer their time to speak to patients who are recently discharged from hospital or about to go in to have a procedure or a carer who has a full list of worries and concerns for the wellbeing of their partner.  This opportunity to speak with someone who has gone through what you are about to can prove to be invaluable. We believe that everybody will benefit from speaking to somebody who has “been there, done that and bought the T Shirt” (you can actually buy the T Shirt from us!). This will not be a case of having people ringing you at all times of the day. The patients will be closely matched so that their condition matches your own and they will be told a time to call that is convenient for you. Please cast your mind back to your own event and consider how useful it would have been to have the opportunity to speak with someone.

20th April – Sheila Smith is returning to update us on one of the research projects taking place at CTC and let us know how Hearts & Minds can continue to help.

Exercise !   Biking or Walking

We will be holding the proposed meet ups at Hanningfield Reservoir are ideal for both riders and walkers. Hanningfield has two very nice cafes so you could come along and either ride, walk, feed the ducks or just sit and enjoy the view with a cup of tea or coffee and a slice of cake. The first meet up is planned for  Sunday 22 March 2015 and we intend to meet at 10.00 for a 10.30 start at the fishing lodge off South Hanningfield Road. Everyone is welcome with or without a bike

Are you doing enough ? Click link below from the BHF

Lack of exercise may lead to twice as many deaths as obesity, study claims

Have you got your Quilt raffle tickets yet ?

Available from Tina in Rehab

At Basildon CTC

Also will be available at the quiz night on the 10th April


At our next group Meeting


20th April