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

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Registered charity in England No 1144451

Affiliated to the British Heart Foundation

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Next Meeting Monday 19th October 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.

Monday 19th October

We are doing something a little different at the next group meeting. We are giving the members of the group the chance to get to know each other a bit better by staging a “speed dating” based event. The evening will have a degree of structure and set topics will be given at each table change. We know other groups who have done something similar and it works very well. We will also have a committee table for members to talk about their thoughts on the group.

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,

We are now starting to sell the tickets for the Charity Night on Thursday 15th October. The evening will comprise of a formal three course meal followed by entertainment. We will also have an Auction and raffle to raise funds for the group. The tickets are £25 a head and are now available from Andrew on 07966 880053 or Ray on 07989 964630.

See August Newsletter for more details

Our Main purpose of the Charity night dinner to raise funds enabled us to purchase the SSEP machine.The CTC Intensive Care team is extremely appreciative of the donation and fundraising by Hearts and Minds, which will help us to achieve this.

This will truly make an incredible contribution to medical advances within the CTC and put us firmly at the forefront of cardiac arrest management. More importantly, SSEP will have a positive impact on the right decisions being made for patients and their families during this life-changing event.”

The procurement of this equipment will put CTC at the forefront of cardiac care. The equipment is expensive and all our fundraising efforts are to be concentrated on this until we reach the target. Please come along and support this great cause and help families of patients

This took place on July 19th. A team of 10 rode from Victoria Park, Hackney to Priory Park, Southend covering 52 miles. Including Gift Aid, our riders have received sponsorship of over £3,000. If you want to add some sponsorship then you can still do so via our Just Giving page. All funds will be put toward the SSEP Project. More details of the project follow later in the newsletter.

Updated heart conditions treatment booklets

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.

2015 Project

  Bike Ride

Another Chance to win the Quilt

Hearts & Minds Quilt – You will have the chance to buy some more raffle tickets if you still want to win the quilt. Following the generous donation of the quilt back to the group, tickets will be on sale at the September and October meetings and the draw will take place at the end of the October meeting. Having already raised £915, we will hopefully be able to get over the £1,000 barrier.

Dear Hearts and Minds,

Once again I would like to take this opportunity to thank you and your members on behalf of the Primary Investigations Department for the fantastic donation of the Spacelabs Analysis equipment that you very kindly presented to us just few months ago.

At the beginning of this last financial year we had to replace our Ambulatory Monitoring system via capital replacement money.

Unfortunately we only received standard equipment and consumables with the new system and with an increased demand on the Blood Pressure service due to the new N.I.C.E. guidelines for hypertension we were finding it challenging to meet the needs of the more than standard size cuff patient when attaching these ambulatory devices to the patient and appropriately adjusting for patient comfort and therefore the patient’s journey. The equipment you provided us for this has helped enormously.

We have also been able to increase the service for long term ambulatory ECG recording service for post stroke patients via the ECG recording equipment you donated to us.

In the future we are hoping to uniform this equipment across both the Basildon sites so that both the patients of the secondary and tertiary care hospitals can benefit from the same standard of equipment, continuity of care, and the efficiency of the physiologists being able to analyse the same equipment regardless of which site they are rostered too.

This continuity of care will enable us to enhance and be a more effective service to the population that these excellent hospitals serve.

We are very grateful to fund raising groups such as yourselves for the fantastic work that you all do in aiding this to become achievable.  

Once again thank you so much

Antonia Latham

Senior Chief Cardiac Physiologist

Head of Primary Investigations and Lead Training Co-ordinator

  Thanks to all at Hearts & Minds