We welcome new members to ICDC Surrey

Welcome to our new members, many of whom signed up following the education day in April, a joint meeting with Sr Tracey Bradhsaw's Cardiomyopathy Support Group.
The value of a patient support group lies in being able to ask other members about their own ICD stories and experiences.
So, we'd love you to share your concerns and welcome your positive feedback too. If Facebook is a bit too 'public', then email us and we can put you together with someone locally for a coffee or a beer.
If you have an idea for a get-together, then let us know. We have a budget for social events in Surrey, and we know that our members love to eat, drink and talk.
Have a heart happy and healthy Summer - don't forget to send us a post card.
Dr Ian Beeton
Consultant Cardiologist
St Peter's Hospital

What a success!

Thank you to everyone who came along to the education day on Saturday. We all learnt a lot, met new people and saw old friends. Hope to do it all again next year!

Special thanks to David Sullivan from HeartHelp for his heartfelt talk.

Thanks too, to our ICDC volunteers Judi, Duncan, Gay and Howard - in the car park, meeting and greeting and helping with refreshments - much appreciated.

We couldn't have done it without the fabulous St Peter's staff - Tracey, Pat and Heather, and of course the site security team.

It was great to welcome not only ICDC members, but also Cardiomyopathy UK, and HeartBeat Support Woking - thanks all for your support.

I hope I haven't missed anyone off the list.

Thank you, one and all.

Dr Ian Beeton
Consultant Cardiologist
St Peter's Hospital

Education Day Update

Thank you to everyone who has registered to attend the 
joint ICDC Surrey/Cardiomyopathy UK Surrey Support Group 
Education Day on Saturday 14th April.

We have reached the capacity of the venue and registration is now closed.
If you are no longer able to attend, please let us know 
so that we can offer your place to someone else.

Please arrive by 1.45 pm as the talks will begin promptly at 2pm.

Post Graduate Education Centre, St Peter's Hospital, Chertsey

Parking instructions
Free parking has been arranged in the staff car park directly opposite Chertsey House. 

Follow the signs from the St Peter’s Hospital main entrance.
Please collect your parking permit from the ICDC volunteer when you enter the car park.
Please display your permit on your dashboard.
If you park in a visitor car park, you will have to pay and display.

ICDC Surrey February Newsletter and Invitation to Education Day

ICDC Surrey announces Education Day - a joint meeting with Cardiomyopathy UK Surrey Support Group

- Save the date - 

Saturday 14th April, 2-4pm 
Post Graduate Centre at St Peter's Hospital, Chertsey

We will be talking all things resuscitation with our Surrey Stars - the cardiac nurses and physiologists who keep us all ticking along. 
Plus, the ever-popular 'Ask the Consultant anything'.

Want to come along? 
Drop us an email, tweet or comment. 
We are always online.

This is a joint meeting with Sr Tracey Bradshaw's 
Cardiomyopathy UK Surrey Support Group.

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

Please get in touch.

Dr Ian Beeton
Consultant Cardiologist
St Peter's Hospital

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.

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

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

Please email to RSVP and for more information.