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We have had a few people asking how they can donate to Hearts & Minds so we thought it would be a good time to place a link direct to our Just Giving page.

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Next Meeting Monday 19th March

maarch 2018

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 fu  rther 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 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.

March – Our next meeting on 19th March will feature an update on the TAVI procedure, presented by Dr Aggrawal and Sister Sheila Smith.

 Members of Hearts and Minds join hospital staff to celebrate the opening of the new lounge for patients and carers

Heart patient group adds a homely touch to the Essex Cardiothoracic Centre and members of Hearts and Minds join hospital staff to celebrate the opening of the new lounge for patients and carers

 Patients at the Essex Cardiothoracic Centre (CTC) can now relax before and after their treatments in a lounge with home comforts, thanks to a donation from a cardiac rehabilitation support group.  Basildon Hearts and Minds is a charity run by heart patients, working with clinical staff at the CTC, offering support and information to people with heart conditions, along with their relatives and carers.

The group gave £2,400 to pay for an unused room on Chelmer ward to be decorated and equipped with furniture, a television, a water cooler and a kettle and the new lounge was officially opened on 13 September by Danny McCormack, general manager of the CTC, with invited guests from Hearts and Minds and hospital staff,  including Colin Barrow, building craftsman, who renovated the room.   

Danny said: “Hearts and Minds have been doing wonderful work for the benefit of patients for many years and this is a shining example of that. It is invaluable to have their support and involvement to help determine improvements for the people from Essex and the whole country who use our services.”  Feedback from patients who have been treated at the world-class heart and lung specialist centre at Basildon Hospital is overwhelmingly positive, and many of them said that a lounge would be a welcome addition.  

Liz Shaughnessy, manager of Chelmer ward, said: “A lot of people mentioned that they would appreciate being able to make a hot drink without having to ask busy staff. And it’s also very positive for patients and carers to have a place to meet and share their experiences.

Guests at the opening included Jim Roberts, 64, from Brentwood, who had a heart procedure in the CTC last year. He subsequently joined the Hearts and Minds support group and is now chair.  Mr Roberts said: “I received excellent care at the CTC – within an hour of collapsing in my local high street I was in theatre.”    Also at the opening was Colin Blackall, from Benfleet, with his wife Gillian. Mr Blackall donated two pictures for the new lounge. He was the first patient to have a quadruple by-pass at the CTC, shortly after it opened in 2007. He was 73 when he had heart surgery, and ten years later remains in good health

 Issued by: Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust Communications Office




Dave Gillespie 12 in 12

We recently lost a very good friend of a lot of people, Dave had a massive heart which eventually took him from us, We all miss Dave so much and he was a diamond bloke who was a great friend to so many. I am running 12 marathons in 12 months in Daves memory and to raise money for the Basildon heart support group which provides equipment and care at Basildon hospital. I know Dave would call me a twat and tell me to get a bus but I am sure he would also love the idea of helping others in his memory. Please donate, we have no target and the money will be presented December 2018 after my last marathon

I start running the marathons in January so I am putting in a lot of training at the moment, I run for the Phoenix striders running club.

First marathon booked, January 14th , Kent Chocathon, wish me luck guys

Jim Price

You can donate on Jim’s Just Giving page  

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Issued by: Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust Communications Office

The quiz night is now booked for Friday 25th May. Tickets will be on sale shortly and will be £5 per head with a maximum of 8 per table. This event is always a sell out so please purchase your tickets as soon as you can to avoid missing out. The theme of the quiz will reflect the 10 year celebrations and will include some favourite sections from previous quizzes as well as some new sections.

January Auction - Thanks to all those who donated and to those who made the purchases at the auction. This was the highest ever total received being £342.50

jim price

First marathon  completed, its never easy running 26 miles but the thought of Dave looking down at me spurred me on. . Pain in the last three miles was immense but not as bad as the pain somebody suffering with heart problems will feel. So lets raise a little bit more for Basildon and District Heart Support Group, this group could be helping one of your loved ones soon so please spare a few pennys.. I now Dave would be very chuffed with every penny donated. . thanks guys x ,, HAVE A HEART.    I MUST BEAT 4 HOURS , 11 marathons to go.