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).
|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 Sarah Edmunds or telephone 01789 867529.
|Derby, Wirksworth Support Group||
Launched in October 2014 and run by Patient Lead Carl Mcdonagh.
The last next meeting of the AF Support Group on Monday 23rd March 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 who is a British Heart Foundation Arrhythmia Nurse Specialist.Charlotte is based at Bartholomew's Hospital London. This is a teaching hospital and a centre of excellence for the treatment of AF under Professor Schilling.
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.
It was agreed how it is so important to have a single point of contact through someone like a ANS to get expert advice in person/ over the phone. How a ANS can offer the person and their family support and guidance throughout the treatment of their AF/arrhythmia, giving patients the appropriate information about their condition and how best it can be managed.
We plan to hold our next meeting early July 2015.
|AF Association Gloucestershire Support Group||
The AF Association Gloucestershire 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.
|Hampshire Arrhythmia Support Group||Contact: Sarah Edmunds
Tel: 01789 867529
Next Meeting: Wednesday 22 April 2015, 6-9pm
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
|Liverpool AF Support Group||
Established in January 2015 the Liverpool AF Support Group plans to provide support and advice to patients suffering from AF and their carers. It will also allow patients to share their experiences and listen to others.
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
Meetings are held in the Medical Education Centre in the hospital grounds from 10.00 - 12.00.
For directions click here
2015 meeting dates:
For further information or to register your interest, please contact Sarah Edmunds on 01789 867529 Alternatively, contact 0114 2269064 to check the date for each session as these are subject to change.
|Surrey Arrhythmia Support Group||
The Surrey Arrhythmia Patient Support Group was established in June 2014.
We learned a lot about the various heart arrhythmias and their treatment and gained a good , in depth knowledge of Cardioversion, its risks and where it is a suitable treatment for patients.
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.