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).
|Bournemouth AF Support Group||
Bournemouth and Dorset Patient Support Group
For further information and to register your interest, please contact, please contact Daisy Harris or telephone 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
|Gloucestershire Arrhythmia Support Group||
Dr Richard Williams gave the group an insite into the new NICE guidelines and explained importance of these updates.
|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.Summary of talks from lthe last meeting- 11 June 2014
Dr Rose explained the role of the Clinical Commissioning Groups which replace Primary Care Trusts. West Hampshire CCG is responsible for distributing apx. £800M NHS funds to service the needs of 540,000 population through hospitals, community medical staff and mental health services. GP’s and their services are funded separately.
Philippa Darnton explained her role as Commissioner with particular responsibility for long term conditions, including all cardiovascular conditions. She works with healthcare professionals to formulate services and to ensure these are delivered and monitored. Philippa is looking at the management of AF treatments through improved identification and awareness and welcomed patient feed back. Tele health is one area for future development in order to reduce hospital admissions.
If you would like to read in more detail please click here
Please contact Daisy for further information.
If you would like to join the group and would like to know more about a particular subject, please contact Daisy Harris on 01789 867528
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.
Liz spoke about all types of anti-coagulation – their advantages and disadvantages, explaining how vital these medications are in order to reduce stroke in various groups of patients with heart or clotting disorders.
We were also fortunate to have Epsom Hospital’s Arrhythmia Nurse, Stephanie Cruickshank who was able to answer some of the clinical questions that were raised by members of the group.
Once again we had an excellent turnout and were very pleased to have a much larger meeting room to accommodate our growing number of members.
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.