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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
AF Association - Cornwall AF Support Group

Next Meeting: TBC
Venue:
Haematology Seminar Room - Link Corridor, ground floor at Royal Cornwall Hospital
Speaker: John Glinn, Head of Clinical Pharmacy Services Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust
Topic:
TBC

The second meeting of the AF Association - Cornwall AF Support Group was held on Tuesday 10 November 2015 at the Royal Cornwall Hospital organised by the Medical lead of the group Dr. A. Slade, Consultant Cardiologist and Sue Atkinson, patient lead.

The guest speaker at the meeting was Mr. John Glinn, Head of Clinical Pharmacy Services at the Royal Cornwall Hospital who gave a most interesting talk on drugs prescribed to patients diagnosed with Atrial Fibrilation. Dr. Slade hosted a question and answer session where members were able to gain advice and promote discussion on atrial fibrillation issues.

The next meeting to be arranged in the new year.

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 julie@heartrhythmalliance.org

Liverpool AF Support Group

Next Meeting: Thursday 10 March, 18:30 - 20:00
Venue: Out Patient Department, Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital, Thomas Drive, Liverpool, Merseyside L14 3PE
Topic: Devices in AF
Key Speaker: Dr Clare Brough, Cardiology Registrar

Next Meetings

Saturday 7 May, 14:00 - 15:30 - Living with atrial fibrillation
Thursday 7 July, 18:30 - 20:00 - Dr Hall, Electrophysiology Consultant, Rate versus rhythm control and ablation of AF
 

Liverpool's 2016 meetings got off to a great start on Saturday 9th January with a discussion focussed on Exercise and AF.

Our proposed key speaker was unable to attend but the role was more than adequately filled at short notice by Rebecca our nurse specialist who gave an interesting talk on exercise and the heart

This was followed by a fascinating insight into his role as a fitness instructor given by David who is one of our members.

The whole group of over 30 members thoroughly enjoyed his talk which reflected on his experiences of exercising with a heart condition and we are very grateful to him for showing us how we need not be afraid of exercise as a way of improving our health

We are also grateful to the AFA for allowing us to distribute copies of the new Dance and Tai Chi DVD's to the group


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 julie@heartrhythmalliance.org 

Surrey Arrhythmia Support Group

Next Meeting: Wednesday 3 February, 4.45pm - 7pm
Topic: The Psychological affects of atrial fibrillation
Venue:
Epsom General Hospital Post Graduate Medical Centre

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 julie@heartrhythmalliance.org

Wednesday 4th November
It was good to see you all on Wednesday. Liz Clarke gave a great talk and incorprated your questions into her presentation.
As you know, Dr Abhay Bajpai is a Consultant Cardiologist/ Electrophysiologist, who works at both St Georges, where he does ablation, and Epsom Hospital. He gave a great talk last month and has kindly agreed that we can circulate his slides, click here to view these.
If you have a question for the December meeting please email it to info@surreyASG.co.uk


 
Bradford Arrhythmia Support Group

Next Meeting: Thursday 31 March, 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 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 julie@heartrhythmalliance.org
 

Derby AF Patient Support Group

Next Meeting: Monday 8 February 2016, 18:30-20:00
Topic: Atrial Fibrillation
Venue: Hannage Brook Medical Centre Hannage Way, off Water Lane, Wirksworth, Derbyshire DE4 4JG

Key Speakers:
• Dr Julia Baron Consultant, Cardiologist
• Ms Judith Munday, Atrial Fibrillation Nurse Specialist

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 julie@heartrhythmalliance.org

Sheffield Palpitation Patient Support group

Next Meeting: Monday 1 February 2016, 10am - 12pm
Topic: Consultant Cardiologist, Nick Kelland will be speaking about interventional treatment options for AF.
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.

Future Meetings -

10am - 12pm at the Medical Education Centre, Northern General Hospital

Monday 4th April 2016 - Katrina Dixon from South Yorkshire ambulance service,  the patient journey from home to hospital.

Monday 6th June 2016

Monday 1st August 2016

Monday 10th October 2016

Monday 5th December 2016

 If you would like more information on this support group or would like to attend a meeting, please contact Julie Fear on 01789 867 533 or julie@heartrhythmalliance.org