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Next Meeting Monday17th October 2016

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.

October 17th  

Sophie Tibbitts, Fundraising Manager at the British Heart Foundation,

Will talk to us about how the BHF raise money and how this is used to fund the essential research that has led to the amazing developments in the treatment of heart disease. The BHF provided us with a grant to obtain the CPR training kit that we use. We may also have a pleasant surprise for Sophie!    

Are you doing enough ? Click link below from the BHF

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

Welcome to five new members

In the spirit of travel, exploration and adventure, please welcome

Ranulph, Philleas, Walter, Scott and Marco to the group.

As part of our aim to inspire people we want to get the message across that there are opportunities to live a fulfilled life after a cardiac event. An element of life that is important to many people is the ability to take a holiday. We already know that many of our members regularly manage to get away to various locations within the UK, Europe and further abroad. We need to let current patients know that, in most cases, travel is still an option. To enforce this we have purchased five travel teddies for members to take away on their travels. There are three criteria for taking one off the teddies away with you:

1. The teddy must come back in good condition,

2. You need to supply a picture to be put up in Rehab,

3.  Copy to david.march.sky.com for the website,

BHF have updated four of their popular booklets in the Heart Information Series about different heart conditions and treatments, including

blood pressure - peripheral arterial disease

 atrial fibrillation - heart transplant  

Click on the above links to download these booklets

Each booklet includes patient case studies and they offer a valuable source of information and support to patients and their families.

  From the Hospital  

A team at Basildon University Hospital who help diagnose and treat patients with heart and vascular conditions have won an award for their non-stop service.  

The cardiac radiographers, based in The Essex Cardiothoracic Centre (CTC) have won Eastern Region Radiography Team of the Year 2016 from The Society and College of Radiographers.

 The team have been invited to a ceremony in the House of Commons in November where they will also be judged for the overall UK Team of the Year award. The radiographers are part of a team that provides the only interventional cardiology service in Essex, that is, treatments for heart disease using small incisions and hollow flexible tubes called catheters

Karen King, superintendent radiographer, said: “I think what made our entry stand out is that we are a very small team that provides a 24/7cardiac imaging service for patients not only in Basildon Hospital, but the whole of Essex. This means we have radiographers constantly on call, who are ready to get here from home very quickly if there is an out-of-hours emergency.

 “And we have just established a round-the-clock service for possible vascular emergencies, so we are meeting the challenge of a doubled workload.”  

The team also pride themselves on having designed a training programme that enables them to extend their practice outside the usual role of a radiographer. Two of them are trained as scrub nurses who can prepare patients for procedures and administer drugs.    

Karen added: “This flexibility improves team work and ensures safer patient care especially out-of-hours. It’s also a good way to ensure staff can develop their skills, which helps meet the challenge of recruitment that all hospitals are facing.”  

One radiographer from the team also has spoken about their role at an international

conference, held by the British Cardiovascular Intervention Society.  

Social Events – We would like to add a trip out as part of our social calendar and are considering a night out at Romford Dogs to include coach transfer and a meal. We now have details of costs but they do depend on numbers wishing to go as that determines the size of coach needed. We have ten members who wish to go so we do need more before we make any decisions about booking as we will have to place a non-refundable deposit to both the coach company and the venue. This will be open to members and their friends and family.

A Big Thank You to Our Bike Riders –

We are pleased to announce that our cycle riders all successfully completed their various rides. Ray’s Three Ride Challenge during July finished with the marathon of 100 miles at the Ride London Event. It looks like this challenge will have raised £1,400 which will be split equally between Hearts & Minds and the BHF. Both Laurence Marchant and David Murphy rode from London to Southend and John Kingsgate completed the 46 mile course at the Ride London event in a very impressive 2 hours 54 minutes – well done chaps. In total, the riders have raised £2,200.  If other members participated in any other events please let us know how you got on.