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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
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
: Monday 23 March 2014,18:30
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:TBC
Venue: St Pauls Medical Centre, 121 Swindon Road, Cheltenham, GL50 4DP

Tuesday 2 December 2014

The Gloucestershire Arrhythmia Support Group met again on 2nd December for an informative and well attended meeting of patients and family members. Our medical lead, Dr Richard Williams, spent time answering a variety of questions about different types of heart rhythm disorders and appropriate medication and treatments, which people said they found very helpful, and also gave a brief insight into the various structures of primary and secondary care available within the NHS now.

Unfortunately this was the last meeting Dr Williams was able to be part of, and we are very grateful for all the support and advice he has given to the group over the last year, since our first meeting back in April, and will miss his enlightened approach and sense of humor. It is hoped that a new medical lead will soon be found to head the next meeting of the group sometime in 2015.

Afterwards there was time for everyone to get together over refreshments and share their experiences and get to know one another better. This is an important part of the meetings, which bring together people who may otherwise have little or no contact with others who understand how heart rhythm disorders affect them and those close to them, and how invaluable this support can be.


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.

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: 3 December 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 had another very well attended meeting on the 5th of November 2014 at the Post Graduate Medical Centre in Epsom Hospital.

The group had a very informative talk from Dr John Foran, Consultant at Epsom and St Helier and Royal Brompton Hospitals.

Dr Foran has done a lot of work on occlusion of the Left Atrial Appendage and thinks this procedure may become more widely available in the UK if approved for general use in the USA. At present it is restricted to those who cannot take Warfarin and there has to be a medical team agreement on the suitability of the procedure for the individual patient.

 

The next meeting is on Wednesday the 3rd of December 2014 and the speaker will be Dr Julian Jarman, Consultant Electrophysiologist at the Royal Brompton Hospital. He will talk about ablation for Atrial Fibrillation.

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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