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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Newsletter July - August 2017
May 15th - We welcomed Diane Treadwell, Nurse Practitioner, from The Robert Frew Medical Centre in
Wickford. Diane gave us a lot of very useful information about how to use GP services and to ask for
information on results etc. Also pointed out was the need to avoid use of Ibuprofen pain killers whilst taking
Ramipril (or any of the blood pressure tablets ending in ‘pril’). Diane’s talk prompted a lively discussion and she
was ably supported by members of the Rehab Team.

June 19th - We welcomed back Noel Watson from the CTC to give us an update on the SSEP/EGG equipment
that we purchased last year. We were treated to comprehensive detailed description of how and when the
equipment was used and the effect on decision making for care of critically ill patients following a heart attack.
Noel also explained that he is monitoring patients as part of a trial to enable the results, which at the moment are
very promising, to be presented to other hospitals.


There is no group meeting in August, however, see below for details of the Bingo night in August.
We have a couple of non-clinical meetings coming up which promise to be very entertaining.

July 17th -
Table based discussions, meeting and sharing views and support tips

September 18th
Andrew Babicz will be talking on a gardening related topic. Andrew is a professional
Horticulturalist with many years experience, including RHS Wisley, Kew Gardens and Hampton Court Palace.
Currently Secretary and judge for the London Gardens Society.

October 16th - Kevin from Headway, the support group for hypoxic brain injury.

November 20th - Peter the Pilot, A former 747 pilot with British Airways.

August 18th -
Bingo Night. Steve has again offered to run our Bingo evening. The tickets are now on sale, but
hurry - they are going fast. Contact Steve on 07719 718469 for tickets, priced at £7.50 which includes a fish and
chip supper. Remember, no ticket, no supper! The books will be on sale on the evening at £6 each and a pay bar
will also be available, please feel free to bring along some nibbles (low fat of course!) As in previous years, the
event will be in the usual hall at the Laindon Centre - 7pm for 7.30pm.

October Thursday 19th 2017 - Back by popular demand! The Curry Night. This will be held at the Tandoori Parlour on
Ticket, priced at around £12.50 will be on sale soon. Entertainment will be laid on and
there will of course be a raffle.

Hearts & Minds 2017 Project
Patient Lounge , Chelmer Ward - Update
Sister Liz Shaughnessy, from Chelmer Ward, has updated us on progress made in converting an existing unused
treatment room into a Patient Lounge. The room has been decorated and the TV aerial installed. The tables and
chairs are in place and the TV and fridge on order. It only remains for the water cooler to be plumbed in and the
finishing touches put in place. We are delighted to be able to help with this excellent initiative and look forward to
seeing it completed in a few weeks time. The facility will be named after Hearts & Minds.
Wear It. Beat It.
This year’s British Heart Foundation ‘drive’ was entitled Wear it. Beat it. The CTC, as always marked the event. This year
coincided with the 10th anniversary celebrations for the opening of the CTC on 8th June. Hearts and Minds provided support for two information desks throughout the day as in previous years.
Thanks to all those who helped on the day. We raised £445 for the BHF.
Ray’s 3 Ride Challenge - Update
We are delighted to announce that Ray Simpson successfully completed his ‘Branch Ride’ on the 5th with a ride from the
Halifax branch in Brentwood to the branch in Southend via branches at Billericay, Basildon, Wickford, Rayleigh, Canvey Island and Leigh on Sea. Lloyds Banking Group has kindly agreed to match donations of up £500. Still not too late to donate if you would like to please visit

Ray and some other members of our group will also be riding London to Southend (52 miles) 16th July. We wish
them all the best of luck.
Ray has deferred his Ride London on 30th July until next year.
If anyone else is looking to take on a new challenge please let us know so we can help with fundraising via the
Hearts & Minds just giving page or sponsorship forms.
They are all held on the 3rd Monday of the month at Laindon Community Centre, High Road, Laindon. Doors
open at 7pm and the meetings start at 7.30pm.

Tel: Wendy Wright 01268 552701. E Mail:
Post. c/o Cardiac Rehab Team Floor A CTC Basildon Hospital Basildon SS16 5NL.