ICDC Surrey buys instant ECG monitors for arrhythmia clinic

We are pleased to advise that ICDC Surrey has purchased two AliveCor Kardia Mobile ECG monitors for use in the arrhythmia clinic at St Peter's Hospital.

These hand-held devices can monitor a patient's heart rhythm in just 30 seconds when attending the clinic, without having to wait for a conventional paper ECG print-out.

The ECG trace can be emailed to the patient for their records, or to the consultant for further analysis if required.

Pat Little (below on the right) applied for the funding, and she and Lisa Galley, both Specialist Arrhythmia Nurses, are seen here demonstrating the small devices which link to a smart phone.



Thank you ICDC Surrey!

Want to know more about ICDC Surrey? 
Got a bright idea for funding? 
Would you like to share your ICD experience?

Please get in touch.











Dr Ian Beeton
Consultant Cardiologist
St Peter's Hospital


Cardiomyopathy Support Group meeting - ICDC Surrey members invited

The next Cardiomyopathy Support Group meeting will be on Saturday 28th October, 2 -4 pm in the  Post Graduate Centre at St. Peter's Hospital.

There are 2 speakers :-

1.       Biotronik – Overview of ICDs
2.       Cardiac Physiologist 

ICDC Surrey members should find this an interesting afternoon and all are welcome.

The meeting is organised by Tracey Bradshaw, Heart Failure Nurse Specialist.


Dr Ian Beeton
Consultant Cardiologist
St Peter's Hospital



Snakes and Tigers: Drugs for Heart Failure

HeartBeat Support Woking are holding a meeting on Thursday 5th October and have invited Dr Beeton to speak. 


The topic of the talk will be 'Snakes and Tigers: Drugs for Heart Failure'.

Please get in touch directly with HeartBeat to find out more about the work they do, and to let them know if you would like to attend the talk in October.


Web: http://www.heartbeat-support-woking.org


Dr Ian Beeton
Consultant Cardiologist
Ashford and St Peter's Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust




Spring/Summer 2017 Newsletter

ICDC Surrey have celebrated 10 years as a patient support group. We caught up with patients, friends and family on Saturday 10th June and all agreed that the group is still important and necessary. Thank you to everyone who organised the afternoon and to all who came along to show their support.
Looking forward, we would like to have more social events, in addition to our regular education day (usually in April/May). Social events need not be formal occasions, perhaps even meeting for drink in the pub, or fish and chips, or picking up the phone to have a chat.
In the past, the group was committee-driven but this has changed and we shouldn't rely on just Judi and Howard Linney and Duncan and Gay Reid to do all the work. As ICDC Surrey is not a registered charity, we are not bound by any formal reporting constraints, which means that we should do more on an informal basis. There is a small fund which could contribute to this, so don't be shy about coming forward with suggestions.
I will personally be asking some of our members to take this forward and I hope to report back on the next event very soon.
In the meantime, ICDC Surrey is pleased to promote HeartBeat Support Woking, which provides support and encouragement to all cardiac patients and their families at Ashford and St Peter's Hospitals. Their next event is a BBQ on 7th July and more information can be found on their website http://www.heartbeat-support-woking.org
We also are very fortunate to have Sr Tracey Bradshaw and her Cardiomyopathy Support Group in the Trust. Their next meeting will be on Saturday 15th July 2pm in the Post Graduate Education Centre at St Peter's Hospital, and our ICDC Surrey members are welcome to attend.
To end, stay heart happy and healthy and keep in touch.
Regards
Ian

Dr Ian Beeton
Consultant Cardiologist
Ashford and St Peter's Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

ICDC Surrey celebrates 10 years of patient support

We're celebrating 10 years and you're invited!

Saturday 10th June 2017, 12noon - 5pm



Horsell Birch
Horsell, Woking
GU214XB

A buffet lunch will be served from 1pm.
£15 per person tickets in advance.
Cash bar.

Please email to RSVP and for more information.


Education Day success for ICDC Surrey

A huge thank you to everyone who came along on Saturday.




Our wonderful volunteers (Judi, Duncan and their families) did a great job of making everyone feel welcome and providing refreshments.

Our fabulous St Peter's staff (Pat, Karen and Lisa) put on an excellent display of resuscitation skills.

Our terrific cardiac physiologists (Celso and Krissie) who work tirelessly behind the scenes for our ICD patients.

We introduced Dr Zhong Chen, Consultant Cardiac Electrophysiologist, and joke teller extraordinaire. 





Please let me know if you would like a copy of Dr Chen's slides. 




A special thank you to ICDC Surrey 'supporter of the decade' - Ian Clement from Biotronik UK. We really appreciate everyone giving up their time to share their experiences. 





And last, but not least, thank you to our ICD patients, families and friends - we couldn't do it without you.

Please let me know if you would like information on any other aspects of your ICD and how we can improve our support for you. Get in touch by email, Twitter or Facebook, or leave a comment below.

Happy heart health!





Dr Ian Beeton

Consultant Cardiologist
Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


Graham Skelding legacy to ICDC Surrey

We were delighted to be joined by Margaret Skelding, friends and staff on Tuesday 28 February to pay tribute to Graham Skelding, late Chair of ICDC Surrey. Graham's family and friends donated funds in his memory, and ICDC Surrey have added to this, to provide two new pacing couches to St Peter's Hospital. The Cardiology department, represented by Dr Ian Beeton, is very grateful for the donations and the continued support of ICDC Surrey. ICD patients benefit greatly from the service provided at St Peter's Hospital, and ICDC Surrey offers support to ICD patients across Surrey.




Note: ICDC Surrey is a patient support group. Our aim is to promote the health and wellbeing of patients in Surrey with an Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD). We offer support for all patients in Surrey with ICDs, their partners, carers and families. We provide a mentoring service, to discuss our concerns and share experiences. We provide information and education relevant to ICD patients; including driving, medication, ICD technology, insurance, exercise and travel.

ICDC Surrey Education Day - Saturday 11 March

ICDC Surrey is pleased to announce the line up for this year's Education Day. 


We will be introducing and welcoming the new St Peter's Hospital Consultant Cardiologist and Cardiac Electrophysiologist, Dr Zhong Chen.

Dr Beeton, Consultant Cardiologist, will lead discussions on remote monitoring of ICDs, what happens after a shock, and how we help patients with ICDs, and their families, at the end of life.

We will have our very popular session on basic life support skills - everyone can have a go.

And finally, ask the Consultant anything!

The afternoon gets under way at 2pm and concludes around 4pm - depending on tea, cake and doughnuts :)

Please email icdcsurrey@btinternet.com to register. 

There is no charge for this event, and no donations this year as ICDC Surrey has a healthy surplus of funds. If you have suggestions for how we can better support our ICD patients, please do let us know.

Volunteers are always welcome. Please speak to Judi Linney on the day.


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The details:
Saturday 11 March 2017
2-4pm
Chertsey House, St Peter's Hospital
Parking is free in one specified car park - follow the signs
All ICD patients in Surrey are welcome. Please bring a family member with you.


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Dr Ian Beeton
Consultant Cardiologist
Ashford and St Peter's Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust



Cardiomyopathy support group at St Peter's Hospital

The next Cardiomyopathy Support Group meeting will take place on 
Saturday 28 January 2017, 2-4pm. 

The speakers will be:

- Dr Adam Jacques
- Sr Liz Murphy

ICDC Surrey members and friends are invited to attend, in the Oliver Plunkett Post Graduate Education Centre, St Peter's Hospital, Chertsey.

RSVP.
HAPPY HEART HEALTHY CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR CELEBRATIONS!

From everyone at ICDC Surrey

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If you need medical help or advice over the Christmas period, please contact the NHS 111 service in the first instance.