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Patient Support Groups

Information and support groups form an invaluable service to arrhythmia patients. Meetings present a forum for patients, their carers, friends and families to gain information, emotional support, share common experiences and learn more about their condition.

To this end, AFA is working with patients, carers and medical professionals to help establish local AF Patient Support groups which are supported through affiliation to the Arrhythmia Alliance - The Heart Rhythm Charity, to which AFA is affiliated (www.heartrhythmcharity.org.uk).

To find out more about setting up a local AF Patient Support Group, affiliation and how AFA can help, click here.

 

Location Support Group
Bournemouth AF Support Group

Bournemouth and Dorset Patient Support Group

For further information and to register your interest, please contact, please contact Caroline Holmes or telephone 01789 451827

Bradford Arrhythmia Support Goup

Launched in 2012 and led by local GP Dr Matthew Fay, Meetings are held at Westcliffe Medical Centre, Westcliffe Road, Shipley, Bradford, BD18 3EG.

For directions, click here.

For further information about the group or to register your interest, please contact Caroline Holmes or telephone 01789 451827.

Brighton and Hove

Launched in June 2011 and jointly run by the arrhythmia nursing team from Royal Sussex County Hospital and local volunteers, new members are welcomed to share news, support and information.

For more information, please contact Caroline Holmes or telephone 01789 451 827

Darlington Arrhythmia Support Group

Launched in 2012 and led by local GP Dr Andreas Wolff.

For further information or to register your interest, please contact Caroline Holmes or telephone 01789 451827

Gloucestershire Arrhythmia Support Group

To be launched April 2014 and led by patient lead Kate Gegg and medical lead Dr Richard Williams.

For Further information, please contact Daisy Harris or telephone 01789 451826

Hampshire Arrhythmia Support Group Contact: Daisy Harris
Email: communications@heartrhythmcharity.org.uk
Tel: 01789 450787

Next Meeting: 6pm Wednesday 12th March 2014
Venue: Andover War Memorial Hospital, Charlton Road, Andover, SP10 3LB

Established in October 2013, Andover Patient Support Group is open to arrhythmia patients and their carers.

Following the first successful meeting, patient lead Chris Pitt has held the second meeting. This meeting was very successful and had 23 attendees.

Terry Kane form the South Central Ambulance Service explained the role, recruitment and training for the Community First Responder scheme. Richard, also from the South Central Ambulance Service displayed a public access defibrillator and explained that they are safe to use by anybody in an emergency. If you would like to know where public access defibrillators are placed please follow this link.

Deborah Addison discussed the common myths and misconceptions around diet, exercise and stress in AF patients. Dr Dominic Kelly re-iterated his message form the last meeting concerning the risk of stroke and the role that warfarin plays on preventing this. Dr Kelly led a discussion on dealing with the symptoms of AF, including changed in BP, breathlessness, tiredness, dizziness, palpitation, nausea, chest pains and asymptomatic patients.

If you would like to give your feedback on the meeting or if you would like to suggest topics of discussion for the following meetings, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Northern Ireland

Please contact Caroline for further information.

Southampton

If you would like to join the group and would like to know more about a particular subject, please contact Caroline Holmes on 01789 450787

Sheffield

Launched in May 2011, the arrhythmia team at the Northern General Hospital are delighted to welcome new members to the Sheffield Palpitation Patient Support group.

For more information about the why this group was formed click here

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Meetings are held in the Medical Education Centre in the hospital grounds from 10.00 - 12.00.

For directions click here

Future meetings will be held on the following dates:

2014 meeting dates:

 

  • Tuesday 15 April
  • Monday 16 June
  • Wednesday 1 October
  • Monday 1 December

For further information or to register your interest, please contact Caroline Holmes on 01789 451827. Alternatively, contact 0114 2269064 to check the date for each session as these are subject to change.

Torbay

Meeting up to six times per year, the South Devon Arrhythmia Support Group is run by both patient members and the arrhythmia nursing team based at Torbay Hospital.

There is a £2 entrance fee, however this and the proceeds from the raffle and teas and coffees are fed back into the group.

Meetings are held at the Salvation Army Hall, Market Street, Torquay from 7.30pm - 8.30pm. For directions, click here

 For further information or assistance, please contact Caroline Holmes or telephone 01789 451827.

Wolverhampton Arrhythmia Support Group

Led by Arrhythmia Nurse Specialist, Andy Lapper..

If you would like further information about the group, please contact Caroline Holmes or telephone 01789 451827.

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