Registered charity in England No 1144451
Meetings held at the Laindon Center Click for map
Basildon & District Heart Support Group
A self-help group that helps patients and carers face the future
Affiliated to the British Heart Foundation
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Issued by: Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust Communications Office
      Are you doing enough ? Click link below from the BHF
                    Understanding  physical activity
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 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 - Understanding vascular dementia

         Heart attack quick guide - Understanding cholesterol

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 15th July 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.”
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
To Jim Price
Hearts & Minds would like to congratulate you on the completion of your incredible challenge of running 12 Marathons in 12 months in memory of good friend, Dave Gillespie. In the process you have raised an amazing £1405 which you have very generously donated to Hearts & Minds.As you know, as well as providing a forum for self-help, we are committed to improving the patient journey wherever we can. Donations such as yours make a big difference to a lot of people. I’m sure that anyone who knew Dave would say that this is a fitting tribute to a very goodfriend. Thank you to you and to all those who sponsored you
Monday 15th July Speaker from Motivated Minds - Charity

When it comes to wellbeing, evidence shows that our relationships affect both our mental and physical health. After all, we as human beings are social animals, and our relationships with other people matter to us. Nurturing our relationships can help us feel happier and more secure, and can give us a greater sense of purpose. Strong relationships with family and friends can allow us to share our feelings and know that we are understood. They provide an opportunity to share positive experiences, and can give us emotional support, as well as the chance to support others. However, many changes can happen in life that leave us with either little, or no network. With this in mind Motivated Minds empower individuals and build support networks to help connect people with their community, making it a healthier place to live and work. 
Bingo Night
The ever-popular bingo night will be held on Friday 16th August. The ticket price will include a Fish & Chip (low fat of course!) supper. Bingo cards available to purchase on the night. Tickets now on sale, contact Steve or Wendy
Annual Dinner
The dinner this year Friday 11th October will be held at the Gun pub in Pitsea. Tickets are £35 and this includes a 3 course dinner and entertainment. For tickets please contact Wendy. This is a popular venue and places are limited to 60. Book early to avoid disappointment!
World Heart Day
World Heart Day is on Sunday 29th September.  To mark this event, we will be joining up with the British Heart Foundation and plan to run a couple of tables selling all sorts of useful heart related merchandise. Details are yet to be finalised, but the event will be held on Tuesday 1st October and we will probably have tables in the CTC reception area and the main hospital reception. We will definitely require volunteers to run the tables. More details as soon as we have finalised our plans