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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.

 

Get your local support group to fundraise for us by taking part in a sponsored Winter Wrap Up Walk, Christmas Cake Bake Off or hold a coffee morning for your group. Click here to contact Daisy for more information or call 01789 867528

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 Daisy Harris or telephone 01789 867528

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 Daisy Harris or telephone 01789 867528.

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 Daisy Harris or telephone 01789 867528

Derby, Wirksworth Support Group Launched in October 2014 and run by Patient Lead Carl Mcdonagh.

First Meeting
: 25 November 2014, 7pm
Venue:Hannage Brook Medical Centre, Hannage Way, Wirksworth, Belper, Derbyshire DE4 4JG

Please contact Daisy on 01789 867528 or email daisy@heartrhythmalliance.org
 
Gloucestershire Arrhythmia Support Group

Next meeting:2 December 2014, 2-4pm
Venue: St Pauls Medical Centre, 121 Swindon Road, Cheltenham, GL50 4DP

Tuesday 19 August 2014


Another success for the Gloucestershire Arrhythmia Group.

Dr Richard Williams gave the group an insite into the new NICE guidelines and explained importance of these updates.


Discussions took place regards to people experiences with heart rhythm disorders, devices, and medication. Dr Williams provided some great answers and advice to questions.


After Dr Williams left the group managed to have some time to talk to each other, share experiences and discuss the importance of the group. The meeting provided patients with the chance to actually talk to others that suffer with the same heart rhythm disorder. Everybody's experience is different!


A huge thank you to our patient lead, Kate Gegg and of course our medical lead Dr Richard williams for their efforts and time toward organising of the Gloucestershire Arrhythmia Support Group.

If you have any feedback on the meeting or would like to put your thoughts forward for topics of conversation in the next meeting, please contact Daisy on 01789 867528 or email daisy@heartrhythmalliance.org

Hampshire Arrhythmia Support Group Contact: Daisy Harris
Email: daisy@heartrhythmalliance.org
Tel: 01789 867528

Next Meeting: TBC
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.

Wednesday 12 November 2014

Speakers: Dr Dominic Kelly, Consultant Cardiologist, Basingstoke Hospital
Dr Jim Rose, GP Derry Down Clinic, St Mary Bourne
Louise Weston, Anticoagulation Nurse Specialist, Basingstoke

To read a full write up, please click here             


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 Daisy for further information.

Southampton

If you would like to join the group and would like to know more about a particular subject, please contact Daisy Harris on 01789 867528

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

In the news

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:

  • Wednesday 1 October
  • Wednesday 3 December

For further information or to register your interest, please contact Daisy Harris on 01789 867528 Alternatively, contact 0114 2269064 to check the date for each session as these are subject to change.

Surrey Arrhythmia Support Group


Next Meeting: 8 October 2014, 4:45pm-7pm
Venue: Post Graduate medical Centre at Epsom General Hospital

The Surrey Arrhythmia Patient Support Group was established in June 2014.

Surrey ASG met on the 10 September in the Post-Graduate Medical Centre at Epsom General Hospital and we were very fortunate to have an excellent talk given by Liz Clarke who is the Lead Commissioning Pharmacist for Surrey Downs CCG.

Liz spoke about all types of anti-coagulation – their advantages and disadvantages, explaining how vital these medications are in order to reduce stroke in various groups of patients with heart or clotting disorders.

We were also fortunate to have Epsom Hospital’s Arrhythmia Nurse, Stephanie Cruickshank who was able to answer some of the clinical questions that were raised by members of the group.

Once again we had an excellent turnout and were very pleased to have a much larger meeting room to accommodate our growing number of members.

The medical lead for the Surrey Arrhythmia Support Group is Dr Richard Bogle, FRCP FESC FAAC DHMSA PhD Consultant Cardiologist and Clinical Lead for Cardiology at Epsom and St Helier Hospital Trust. He undertakes all aspects of adult general and interventional cardiology.

We also have a public lead: Jane Race and a patient lead: Rosemary Najim, if you would like to book your free place or find out more please email info@surreyASG.co.uk or call 07986564651

You can also visit the website here Surrey Arrhythmia Support Group

Read more about the group's involvement in shaping AF services within Surrey by clicking here.

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 Daisy Harris or telephone 01789 867528.

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