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Heart to Herts Cardiac Support Group

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Heart to Herts Cardiac Support Group

  1. 1. Heart to Herts Cardiac Support Group Richard M Dobbs
  2. 2. Heart to Herts <ul><li>A self help, self financing group, formed in November 1995, on an initiative by the British Heart Foundation, The West Herts Community Health (NHS) Trust, Hertfordshire Health Promotion and the Cardiology Consultants at Hemel Hempstead General Hospital. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Objectives <ul><li>To maintain contact and offer mutual support to people with heart problems and also their relatives/carers. </li></ul><ul><li>To keep abreast of current thinking and practice in after-care. </li></ul><ul><li>To maintain contact with professional bodies. </li></ul><ul><li>To provide information on local information classes, leisure facilities and rehabilitation programs. </li></ul><ul><li>To provide psychological support for patient and carer. </li></ul><ul><li>To provide an environment for supervised exercise sessions. </li></ul><ul><li>To interact with other Cardiac Support Groups. </li></ul>
  5. 5. CONTACT AND SUPPORT <ul><li>A 16 page magazine In Touch , posted to all members on a monthly basis, keeps us informed and abreast of current thinking in cardiac care.It carries full details of all Heart to Herts activities and is packed with reports, features, stories, humour and quizzes. </li></ul><ul><li>Monthly meetings where guest speakers give interesting and informative talks on not only medical matters, but also topical and social subjects. </li></ul><ul><li>Monthly outings to places of interest. </li></ul><ul><li>Various social gatherings. </li></ul>
  6. 6. KEEPING ABREAST and MAINTAINING CONTACT <ul><li>Current thinking and practice is passed on through our monthly magazine. </li></ul><ul><li>Representation on Steering Group for NSF Framework for CHD. </li></ul><ul><li>Representation on Project Teams for CHD Collaborative. </li></ul><ul><li>An annual address by our Joint Presidents Dr. John Bayliss and Dr. David Hackett. </li></ul>
  7. 7. SUPPORT FOR PATIENT AND CARER <ul><li>Hospital visiting by a member of Heart to Herts. </li></ul><ul><li>Monthly meetings where patients and carers can talk to each other over a cup of tea. </li></ul><ul><li>Provide supervised exercise sessions for both patients and carers. </li></ul><ul><li>Provide organized walks for both patients and carers. </li></ul>
  8. 8. PROVIDING INFORMATION ON SERVICES <ul><li>Details of exercise sessions and leisure services are given in our monthly magazine In Touch . </li></ul><ul><li>Group Members attend rehabilitation classes to serve tea and give assistance where necessary. </li></ul><ul><li>Numerous articles on care and services appear in our magazine. </li></ul><ul><li>A regularly updated Internet website gives current information. </li></ul>
  9. 9. EXERCISE SESSIONS <ul><li>Four supervised evening sessions per week in Hemel Hempstead Hospital Gymnasium. </li></ul><ul><li>One supervised Aerobic session per week at Hemel Hempstead Sports Centre. </li></ul><ul><li>Research into other possible sites in other areas. </li></ul>
  10. 10. INTERACTION WITH OTHER LOCAL CARDIAC GROUPS <ul><li>Contact is maintained with Heartbeats in St. Albans and the Watford Support Group. </li></ul><ul><li>British Heart Foundation workshops are attended with other support groups from across the country. </li></ul>