18th February 2019: Danny McCormack from the CTC management to give us an insight within the hospital
We recently lost a very good friend of a lot of people, Dave had a massive heart which eventually took him from us, We all miss Dave so much and he was a diamond bloke who was a great friend to so many. I am running 12 marathons in 12 months in Daves memory and to raise money for the Basildon heart support group which provides equipment and care at Basildon hospital. I know Dave would call me a twat and tell me to get a bus but I am sure he would also love the idea of helping others in his memory. Please donate, we have no target and the money will be presented December 2018 after my last marathon
Issued by: Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust Communications Office
Jim raised £1,405.00 including Gift Aid for Hearts & Minds
Welcome to five new members
In the spirit of travel, exploration and adventure, please welcome
Ranulph, Philleas, Walter, Scott and Marco to the group.
As part of our aim to inspire people we want to get the message across that there are opportunities to live a fulfilled life after a cardiac event. An element of life that is important to many people is the ability to take a holiday. We already know that many of our members regularly manage to get away to various locations within the UK, Europe and further abroad. We need to let current patients know that, in most cases, travel is still an option. To enforce this we have purchased five travel teddies for members to take away on their travels. There are three criteria for taking one off the teddies away with you:
1. The teddy must come back in good condition,
2. You need to supply a picture to be put up in Rehab,
3. Copy to david.march.sky.com for the website,
BHF have updated four of their popular booklets in the Heart Information Series about different heart conditions and treatments, including
blood pressure - peripheral arterial disease
atrial fibrillation - heart transplant
Click on the above links to download these booklets
Each booklet includes patient case studies and they offer a valuable source of information and support to patients and their families.
Next Meeting Monday 18th February 2019
Steve Brown and Jim Roberts (left and 2nd left) with staff at the Essex Cardiothoracic Centre
Patients recovering after surgery at The Essex Cardiothoracic Centre (CTC) are benefiting from new equipment that will enhance their care, donated by Basildon and District Hearts and Minds. The charity, founded and run by people with heart disease, works to raise awareness and provide support for others with the same condition.
Jim Roberts, chair of Hearts and Minds, and Steve Brown, committee member, presented two portable suction units, worth £1,500 each, to Chelmer ward.
Liz Shaughnessy, ward manager, said: “There will sometimes be a hole in the lung following cardiac and thoracic surgery, causing air leaks that can last two to three weeks.The suction pumps draw the leaked air away.
“We have fixed suction pumps at the bedside, but the portable units enable patients to get moving more quickly after their operations. This is hugely beneficial for their recovery for several reasons - mobilising helps to prevent blood clots and also makes patients breathe more deeply and expand their lungs. And for patients who require
suction, it is restricting and can be depressing if they have to stay in their room for that time.”
Since Basildon Hearts and Minds was launched ten years ago, they have donated a total of £73,000 to the specialist heart and lung centre at Basildon Hospital. The money has additional equipment for patients, including exercise machines for the cardiac rehabilitation gym.
Steve Brown said: “I became involved with the group seven years ago after I had a cardiac arrest. You meet so many people who have gone through same thing and you realise you are not on your own.
“Like many others in Hearts and Minds I had excellent treatment at the CTC and we are keen to do all we can to help other patients.”
At our September meeting, representatives of Thorpe Bay Masonic Lodge attended to hand over a cheque for £1702. Jim Lawman, who made the presentation, is a former patient of CTC.
David March (Front Left) receiving a cheque from Jim Lawman (Front Right) with members of Hearts & Minds
A couple of the latest photo's of Teddy visiting Edinburgh on the 21st October 2018 with Denise Rowling
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Dave Gillespie 13 in 12
Result of the Christmas Auction
The final figure made on the night was £346.50,This is £4.00 up on last year,so well done everyone.
A big thank you to Wendy and Steve for such a successful night. Both Wendy and Steve confirmed that they would be very happy to do this again next year