Saturday, 24 January 2015

Over 100 people receive free pulse/ECG check from SurreyASG in Epsom's Ashley Centre!

Over one hundred people were given a free ECG health check, in Epsom’s Ashley Centre on Friday 23rd of January, organised by Surrey Arrhythmia Support Group. (SurreyASG)

Dr Richard Bogle, Consultant Cardiologist at Epsom and St Helier NHS Trust, and Chris Crockford CEO of Cardiocity led the team who carried out the ECG health checks.  Health checks were performed using AliveCor iPhone App and Cardiocity’s RhythmPadGP, a simple USB connected lead1 and lead6 screening tool.

The event was held to raise awareness of Heart conditions, particularly Arrhythmia, and encourage people to be more conscious of their health generally. People were treated to screening using both technologies and several heart problems were identified, allowing patients to go to their GPs for further advice and treatment where appropriate.

Jane Race, Chair and Founder of Surrey ASG said “The event was a huge success and identified several heart conditions in patients. We are very grateful to Dr Richard Bogle and Stephanie Cruickshank, both from Epsom and St Helier Hospital, for screening over 100 people today, in Epsom’s Ashley Centre.”

Dr Bogle, SurreyASG’s medical lead, is also going to talk to our patient support group on 4th February, in the post-graduate medical centre at Epsom Hospital, (Wells Wing 2nd Floor). The meeting starts at 4.45pm and the topic will be, ' Latest research into the effect on Atrial Fibrillation of changing life styles'.



Friday, 31 October 2014

Guided tour of Epsom Hospital's Day Surgery Unit and EOC Centre

Councillor Tina Mountain, Rosemary Najim and I were given a guided tour of the Day Surgery Unit and EOC centre after our meeting with Dr Ruth Charlton, Deputy Chief Executive and Joint Medical Director, and Helena Reeves, Director of Communications and Corporate Affairs, who explained that while the finances are tight the Trust are hoping to break even at the end of the year. 

Jane Race, Rosemary Najim, Cllr Tina Mountain and Surgical Matron; Phil Henry.

Helena Reeves kindly showed us round the Day Surgery Unit that was opened by the Duchess of Gloucester on Thursday, September 27, 2012. The £2.5 million day case unit has six beds in each ward, and is in the top four in the country. They cover many different types of elective surgery with 84 per cent of patients going home the same day. They have 12-14 000 day case operations, including paediatrics, a year. 


Inside the Day Surgery Unit Theatre.

We were also shown around the EOC, which is supported by four different NHS Trusts and is the largest in the UK and second largest in the world. They cover orthopaedic surgery, with special interest surgeons in hip, knee and spine. They have five theatres, which do on average six to eight surgeries a day. They also work on Saturdays with an average of twenty-five surgeries, which they want to increase. They have 72 beds in total, split into two main wards. They have one nurse to eight patients with their own physiotherapists that see patients two to three times a day. Their infection rate is very good and the unit is led by Senior Consultants, in fact they are all consultants with a minimum of ten years experience. As we were shown round we all felt that we were very lucky to have such a fine NHS facility in Epsom. 


 

Monday, 15 September 2014

Next meeting of Surrey ASG!

All welcome at October's meeting of SurreyASG at Epsom General Hospital!



Jane Race, Chair of Surrey ASG with Liz Clarke, Guest Speaker and Lead Pharmacist of SDCCG and Epsom Hospital's Arrhythmia Nurse, Stephanie Cruikshank.

Surrey ASG will be giving free health checks at a shopping centre near you!

Monday, 11 August 2014

Next meeting of Surrey Arrhythmia Support Group!

Following the very successful launch of the Surrey Arrhythmia Support Group our next meeting will be on:

Wednesday 10th September. 4.45pm-7pm at Epsom General Hospital Post Graduate Medical Centre. 


We are delighted to welcome our speaker Liz Clark on will speaking about anti-coagulation. Liz Clark is the Lead Commissioning Pharmacist of Surrey Downs CCG Medicines Management Team. All are welcome. Please email: info@surreyasg.co.uk for more information.




Sunday, 6 July 2014

Epsom Conservative's Green Belt Petition with 2000 signatures handed in to Epsom Borough Council


Daniel Race and his Conservative team handed a 2000 signature petition to the Planning Department at Epsom & Ewell Council today, 17/06/2014.


Conservative County Councillor Tina Mountain, Jane Race and Daniel Race hand in petition to Epsom's Town Hall
Local residents have voiced their concern about Green Belt/Conservation land being turned into more residential sites. This petition calls on the local Planning Officers and Committee to reject such developments and highlights the strength of local opposition. 

 Recently Chris Grayling MP, Secretary of State for Justice, wrote to residents of Langley Vale assuring them that his Conservative team are monitoring the situation regarding a field in Langley Bottom Farm which may be subject to a future planning application for further homes.

County Councillor Tina Mountain asked Mole Valley Council to make contact with Epsom Planning Department regarding the consideration of developing the Ashtead Garden Centre and surrounding Green Belt. We are grateful that the planning committee wrote to Mole Valley rejecting the loss of this Green Belt boundary. 

 The Conservative team recently successfully supported local people in objecting to the proposals to turn the historic Priam Lodge stables into residential homes.

Whilst collecting signatures in Epsom Town Centre a young girl asked if she could sign saying 'Once it's gone it's gone forever'. How true. In order to SAVE EPSOM there can be no exceptions. Any exception could set a precedent and if one is permitted more will follow.
Its still not too late to sign. We hope that our petition will be used to fight planning applications and appeals.

Let us SAVE EPSOM together.

Friday, 6 June 2014

The launch of Surrey Arrhythmia Support Group!

LAUNCH OF NEW ARRHYTMIA PATIENT SUPPORT GROUP IN SURREY

Do you have an irregular heartbeat?  Atrial fibrillation? Another arrhythmia?

The Surrey Arrhythmia Support Group (SurreyASG) is holding its first meeting on Wednesday 16th July, at 5pm, at Epsom Town Hall.

SurreyASG is an Arrhythmia support group where patients with an arrhythmia, a heart rhythm disorder, can find out about their condition. We are affiliated to the Arrhythmia-Alliance.

There will be a mixture of activities and events to include clinical speakers, question time, debates, social events, outings and time for tea and mutual support for patients and carers.

Jane Race, Public Lead, and Rosemary Najim, Patient Lead have founded the group. They are delighted that Dr Richard Bogle, FRCP FESC FAAC DHMSA PhD Consultant Cardiologist and Clinical Lead for Cardiology at Epsom and St Helier Hospital, has agreed to be the Medical Lead for the group with Dr John Soo Kiam Wong, MBChB, MRCP (UK) MRCGP as Primary Care Clinical Advisor.


Jane Race says “This is a very exciting opportunity for patients to get expert opinions about their condition from speakers while also gaining mutual support by meeting other patients and making new friends. It is a significant step in empowering patients, allowing them to take control of their condition through education and learning from others.” 

Medical Director: Dr Richard Bogle
According to Dr Bogle: “The Surrey Arrhythmia Support Group is a vital new resource for people with Atrial Fibrillation and other arrhythmias. By improving the information available and allowing people to share their experiences we can make a real difference to the lives of people. The group will also be well placed, with local knowledge, to ensure that patients with arrhythmias are able to get access to rapid and high quality advice and treatment.”  


More information can be found at: http://www.surreyasg.co.uk

FACTS:
·       An arrhythmia is the medical term for an irregular heartbeat or abnormal heart rhythm
·       Arrhythmias effect the electrics of the heart, distinct from plumbing problems which can lead to the more commonly understood heart attack
·       Sudden cardiac arrest – an arrhythmia – kills 100,000 people in the UK every year
·       The most common arrhythmia - atrial fibrillation (AF) - affects an estimated 1.5 million people in the UK and is the most powerful risk factor associated with strokes
·       A simple pulse check can be the easiest way of detecting a potentially fatal arrhythmia
·       Symptoms of arrhythmias include palpitations, faintness or fainting, fatigue and dizziness

EXCITING TIMES FOR HEALTHCARE IN SURREY

The next few months are very exciting times for health care in Surrey. Rosemary Najim and I have been working with our Clinical Commissioning Group to help improve care pathways for our local population. I look forward to sharing some exciting developments with you in the next few months.

We have also arranged a talk in Stoneleigh Broadway from Surrey Downs CCG's Dr Simon Williams who will be speaking about the future plans and priorities of Surrey Downs Clinical Commissioning Group (SDCCG).
This is a free event, open to all, on Tuesday 10th June at 19:30 at The Station Pub, Stoneleigh, Broadway, Surrey KT17 2JA.
Dr Simon Williams is a GP and member of the SDCCG governing board and is the lead for the Mid Surrey locality, which includes parts of Epsom and Ewell.
He will cover the SDCCG Vision for our local hospital, out of hours care, and GP services.  There will be an opportunity for the public to ask questions.
Clinical commissioning groups are statutory bodies; which have the function of commissioning services for the purposes of the health service in England.