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).
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
|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 email@example.com
|Gloucestershire Arrhythmia Support Group||
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.
|Hampshire Arrhythmia Support Group||Contact: Daisy Harris
Tel: 01789 867528
Next Meeting: TBC
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
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
2014 meeting dates:
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||
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.
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.
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.