Friday, 6 June 2014

The launch of Surrey Arrhythmia Support Group!


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:

·       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


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.