Affiliated to

The British Heart Foundation

 

Patron:

Dr. D. Fluck

BSc. MD. FRCP

.Registered Charity Number 1125972

Current News Stories

 

Heartbeat Woking donates to Hospital Cardiac Rehabilitation Team

01.February.2013

Heartbeat Woking, a local support group for patients who have or are suffering from a heart condition, recently donated £1,684 to the Cardiac Rehabilitation Team at St Peter’s Hospital.

Picture caption: L to R: Richard Docketty Heartbeat Woking Chairman, Paul Wills Resuscitation Manager, Karen Harris Cardiac Rehabilitation Nurse, Sandra Gates Fitness Advisor, Angela Murphy Cardiac Rehabilitation Nurse, Anna Knott Physiotherapist, Daphne Powell Heartbeat Volunteer.

The money is being used to buy a new state of the art LifePak 1000 defibrillator, which as well as being used as a normal defibrillator, also has a special screen and monitoring leads so it can be used to look at heart rhythm should someone experience chest pain.

Karen Harris, Cardiac Nurse Specialist said: “We are extremely grateful to Heartbeat for yet another very generous donation to the department. This money will allow us to replace our defibrillator with one which has the additional facility of monitoring heart rhythm for anyone who may have chest pain. We hold regular cardiac rehabilitation exercise sessions every week in our physio gym and having this kind of equipment on hand makes sure our patients are in very safe hands should anything happen while they are here.”

As well as offering support for local people with heart conditions, both in and out of hospital, Heartbeat Woking also carries out a number of fundraising activities which helps to support the group but which has also allowed them to make other donations to the cardiac team at St Peter’s Hospital. Members of the group also volunteer regularly within the hospital, supporting patients on the wards and at cardiac rehabilitation sessions.

Link to Media Release letter

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Queens Award to Volunteers

September.2012

The other big news of 2012, apart from the Olympics of course, was the Queens Award to Volunteers. This year it was awarded to the Ashford and St Peter’s Hospital Trust Volunteers. The work of the HeartBeat volunteers visiting patients on the cardiac unit at St Peter’s played an important part in the Trusts application for the award so we are very proud the work we do at St Peter’s was recognised in this way.

Some members of the HeartBeat Volunteers team

............The Lord Lieutenant of Surrey, Dame Sarah Goad, with Trust volunteers, members of the Trusts management team and local dignitaries

 

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HeartBeat Woking Donates £5,000 to St Peter’s Hospital

15.March.2011

Volunteers for a local support group showed their thanks and appreciation to St Peter’s Hospital last week when they donated a cheque for £5,000 to the hospital’s Coronary Care Unit.

Caption (from right to left): Dr Adam Jacques with HeartBeat volunteers Ron Pullen, CCU Sister Tracey Bradshaw (middle), Cliff Butler, Daphne Powell, and Chair Richard Docketty

HeartBeat Woking is a support group for patients who have or are suffering from a heart condition. Through their recent fundraising activities they were able to raise a tremendous £5,000 towards a new telemetry kit (worth £12,000) for the unit which enables ambulance technicians or paramedics to transmit vital patient information electronically to the hospital while the patient is still en route.

Consultant Interventional Cardiologist at the Trust, Dr Adam Jacques, said:  "We are really grateful for this generous donation from HeartBeat which represents a major contribution towards our new telemetry equipment.  This is invaluable to the unit and ensures that patients who come to us by ambulance receive the most appropriate and prompt treatment as soon as they reach us.”

HeartBeat members are also joining the hospital as volunteers to give support to patients who have been admitted to the hospital’s Coronary Care Unit. The volunteers come and talk to patients and their families, sharing their experiences and generally adding vital support at an extremely anxious time.

Dr Jacques continues: “The volunteering work that HeartBeat members are doing here is also making a real difference to our patients.  Being able to talk to someone who has had a similar experience gives huge reassurance when you are in hospital and helps to allay some of their anxieties.  This is really important as part of the recovery process and we hope to expand this kind of volunteering role to other areas in time.  Thank you HeartBeat."

HeartBeat members are also working with the hospital’s cardiac rehabilitation team and in the past have raised funds to buy exercise bicycles and other equipment for the unit.

Link to Thank You letter and Media Release letter

Archived News Stories:

29.May.2010 - Los Vegas 201o comes to Heartbeat

20.Oct.2008 - Charitable Status announcement

 

 

 

 

 

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