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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 (

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


Location Support Group
AF Association - Cornwall AF Support Group

Next Meeting: Tuesday 10 November, 12:30pm
Haematology Seminar Room - Link Corridor, ground floor at Royal Cornwall Hospital
Speaker: John Glinn, Head of Clinical Pharmacy Services Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust
Drugs used to treat Atrial Fibrillation and Q&A

The first meeting of the Cornwall AF Support Group was held on 29 July at the Royal Cornwall Hospital organised by the  Medical lead of the group Dr. A. Slade, Consultant Cardiologist and Sue Atkinson, patient lead.

The first meeting was well attended and the attendees were enthusiastic about having a support group set up in the area. Discussion took place as to what the patients would like to receive from the group, location and time of future meetings.  Dr. Slade hosted a question and answer session where members were able to gain advice and promote discussion on  AF issues.

Places are strictly limited and are available to patients only in the first instance. To secure your FREE place please contact Julie Fear: 01789 867 533 or

Liverpool AF Support Group

Next Meeting: Thursday 22nd October 2015, 6:30pm - 8pm
Venue: Out Patient Department, Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital, Thomas Drive, Liverpool, Merseyside L14 3PE
Topic: Research developments in AF and an option to discuss ablation in atrial fibrillation with Rebecca King
Key Speaker: Maureen Morgan

September's meeting at the Liverpool AF group was well attended by over 20 people who listened to a talk give by Clinical Psychologist Lily Lamb, on the subject of stress.
Stress is something that we all identify with and those with long term health conditions such as AF, can feel it keenly.

Lily spoke on what stress is, our body's response to stressful situations and its affect on our mental and physical wellbeing. Strategies for coping were also discussed.

The feedback has been very positive and we hope to be able to distribute notes from the talk to members at our next meeting

Hear from the professionals at the new Liverpool AF Patient Support Group. You can gain advice and support from other patients and carers and share your experience.

Arrhythmia nurses - Rebecca King, Kathryn Abernethy
Patient Lead - Jennifer Currie

To book your free place or for more information please contact Julie Fear: 01789 867 533 or 

Surrey Arrhythmia Support Group

Next Meeting: Wednesday 7 October, 4.45pm - 7pm
Dr Abhay Bajpai, Electro Physiologist Cardiology Consultant at Epsom, St Helier and St George's Hospital
Atrial Fibrillation
Epsom General Hospital Post Graduate Medical Centre

Upcoming Meetings
Wednesday 4 November, 4.45pm - 7pm
Speaker: Liz Clarke, Lead Commissioning Pharmacist at Surry Downs CCG
Topic: Medicines Management Team will talk on Anti-Coagulation and will answer any questions, submitted in advance, on other medicines.

Wednesday 2 December, 4.45pm - 7pm
Speaker event: Any Questions
We will have a panel consisting of our Medical Director, Dr Richard Bogle, Consultant Lead Cardiologist at Epsom and St Helier Trust, Raj Mungar and Stephanie Cruickshank, Arrhythmia Nurses at Epsom and St Heier. Questions must, please, be submitted in advance to

Meetings normally the first wednesday of the month, except August, please check to confirm the date and time.

To book your free place for any of the above meetings please contact Julie Fear: 01789 867 533 or

Wednesday 1 July 2015 Meeting

Thank you for attending in such hot weather and for kindly donating raffle prizes. we don't have a meeting in August but Dr Bogle has arranged an interesting speaker for September, Dr Behr, from St George's who has kindly agreed to speak about Arrhythmias and Cardiac Disease.R
We hope also to have our Chair, Jane Race, back with us.

If you have any suggestions for topics for future meetings please do let us know.

Bradford Arrhythmia Support Group

Next Meeting: Thursday 28 January, 2pm - 4pm
Topic: TBC
Venue: Westcliffe Medical Centre, Westcliffe Road, Shipley, Bradford, BD18 3EG

Thursday 1 October meeting
Everybody thoroughly enjoyed the first aid training. A few of them had been before but each time they attend they learn something new, as you forget most of it throughout the year. Dr Matthew Pickering who runs the annual first aid for the group, was very pleased with the groups enthusiasm.

2016 meetings:
Thursday 28 January - TBC
Thursday 31 March - TBC
Thursday 12 May - TBC
Thursday 14 July - TBC
Thursday 27 October - Annual first aid

Established in February 2012 by local GP Dr Matt Fay, the group aims to provide support, education and advice to arrhythmia patients and their carers and families in the local area.

Aims and Objectives
To provide local people with support and advice about their condition
To provide a forum for patients and carers to share ideas and experiences
To provide accurate information

For directions, please click here

For further information or to book your free place, please contact Julie Fear: 01789 867533

Derby AF Patient Support Group Next Meeting: TBC
Topic: TBC
Venue: Hannage Brook Medical Centre Hannage Way, off Water Lane,
Wirksworth, Derbyshire DE4 4JG

The last meeting of the Wirkshire AF Support Group was a great success with over 30 people in attendance including medical professionals from the Medical Centre.

We had an excellent presentation from our guest speaker, Charlotte Aldridge, a British Heart Foundation Arrhythmia Nurse Specialist. Charlotte gave a presentation on AF, it's causes, symptoms and treatments. She also took questions and gave expert answers, directions and advice on how to manage AF. It was great opportunity for all those in attendance to learn more about their AF, the drugs they have been prescribed and how best we can all safely live with AF or seek out specialist treatment through an Electro Physiologist.

For further information or to book your free place, please contact Julie Fear: 01789 867533

Sheffield Palpitation Patient Support group

Next Meeting: Tuesday 8th December, 10am - 12pm
Topic: 'Medicines used in Cardiology', Cardiac Pharmacist
Venue: Novartis Room on Chesterman D Floor at Sheffield Northern General Hospital

Thursday 15th October meeting -

The AF Support group was very well evaluated and attended by our regulars and some new members.

Dr Chico (consultant cardiologist who specialises in cardiology research), did a fantastic presentation on current and forthcoming research which the group found fascinating.Following this, we had our usual Q&A session with myself, answering lots of questions and concerns related to disturbance of the heart rhythm, along with therapies used at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals.

Our next meeting will be Tuesday 8th December, this will be our Christmas party meeting and our talk will be delivered by a cardiac pharmacist who will update us on the latest medications used for heart rhythm disturbance and its varying conditions.