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POOLE HEART SUPPORT GROUP MAGAZINE
Poole Community Health Centre Shaftesbury Road, Poole BH15 2NT
Telephone: 01202 683363
Telephone manned Mondays and Thursdays: 2:00-4:00pm
PRESIDENT: Dr CHRISTOPHER BOOS MBBS, Dip IMC, RCS (Ed), MD, FRCP
PRESIDENT EMERITUS: Dr. ANDREW MCLEOD
Vice Presidents: GEOFFREY WALKER OBE, JP, MA, RGN, PgDip, DipEd, FAETC.
Dr. DIANE BRUCE MB, Bsc (Hons), FRCP MAGGIE RICHARDSON JIM WAINE
KEITH MATTHEWS Chairman & Magazine keith@ 01202 855001
DAVID ANDERSON Secretary & Website david@ 01202 697376
RITA HOLMES Treasurer rita@ 01202 743960
JAN MESHER Office Manager jan@ 01202 250108
DEREK POPE Membership Database derek@ 01202 889070
ROBIN PRINGLE Exercise Co-ordinator robin@ 01202 884250
LESLEY RICHARDS Lead Trainer lesley@ 01202 691339
ROGER RIDOUT Purbeck Liaison roger@ 01929 423079
GEOFF LAWRENCE Talks & Social Events geoff@ 01202 888438
GEORGE LLEWELLYN Talks & Social Events geoll@ 01202 605455
JUDY & DAVID DEADMAN Walking Group 01202 692369
DAVE EVANS Clothing Sales 01202 602856
PAM BAILEY BHF Representative 01202 574944
JIM WAINE Founder and VP jim@ 01202 871532
All PHSG emails are @poolehsg.org.uk
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This magazine is produced specially for all new
and prospective members and gives details of
our activities. If you have already joined PHSG,
then welcome. You will receive our Quarterly
Magazine regularly from now on. If you are
thinking about joining, then please read what we
offer; we feel sure you’ll want to join to support
us as we support you in turn. You’ll find an
application form tucked inside this issue. When you join, your
membership fee also includes a nominated friend or partner who is
welcome to join in with all activities.
Controlled exercise is the best way of maintaining your health and we
cannot impress this on you enough. We appreciate that particularly
now, if you have just had a heart event, you might feel apprehensive
about starting with us, but don’t be. All of our class instructors hold
BACPR qualifications which means they are trained to supervise you
safely. Additionally, we will try to assign you to a buddy in your class
who will “show you the ropes.” You’ll quickly find that each class is
friendly and each has a camaraderie of its own.
Most people in PHSG, including the committee, have had heart
problems and understand what you are going through. You are not
unique! There is always someone to listen to you.
The Benefits of Belonging to PHSG
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Whatever your interests the chances are that someone in Poole Heart
Support Group shares your enthusiasm. How better to meet them than
joining PHSG and getting involved in the many and varied activities that
Later in this magazine you will read
about all our activities including the
Exercise Sessions, and from the
photographs you can see that having
fun is as important as keeping fit.
There is plenty of opportunity to chat
with your exercise buddy whilst
exercising if you don't get too out of
The Social Meetings and Chat Stops are also an ideal time to talk with old
friends and meet new ones and take in the informative talks.
The Walking Group offers a great chance to make good friends either
during the walk or in the pub afterwards. Whether you walk slowly or
quickly there is certain to be another member who will keep your pace.
The Cycle Club meets monthly throughout the year arranging short easy
cycle rides for fun and fitness.
Our Quarterly Magazine, published in March, June, September and
December contains many items of interest to all our members. Should you
have a particular expertise, or just want to share an experience with others
then the editor will be delighted to hear from you.
Join Us - Come and make Friends!
Looks like fun, doesn’t it! Our Christmas session.
Some of our trainers
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Those completing the Rehabilitation Programme at Poole Hospital
are invited, as individuals or together with their partners/spouses, to
become members of Poole Heart Support Group and to join us at
one or more of the Exercise Venues. Also, you may be referred to
us by your GP surgery.
Complete and return the Application Form supplied with this
Magazine and an Exercise Recommendation Form together with an
explanatory letter will be sent from the office for you to complete and
return. This Form will normally be signed off by the Hospital
rehabilitation team where you completed your programme, but
otherwise by your GP. Then we will arrange a suitable exercise
venue and session for you.
Robin Pringle - Exercise Co-ordinator 01202 884250
Roger Ridout - Purbeck Members 01929 423079
How to Join Us
The Chat Stop is a popular way of socialising and meeting up in the
daytime. All members are very welcome to come along for a chat,
cup of tea or coffee, a biscuit or two, and the chance to talk to other
members. We have regular speakers on topics of general interest or
medical matters. As a member you can come along and make
yourself known to the other members. We are always delighted to
see new faces as well as the “regulars”, so a big welcome to all.
We hold evening meetings generally in February, May and October
at which we aim to have an informed talk by a health-care
professional or an alternative interesting speaker.
In the summer we often have an outdoor event such as a Treasure
Our formal Annual Dinner is held in March.
Our necessary AGM is held in April, but we try not to make it too
Our Social Programme
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The History and Activities of the
Poole Heart Support Group
This is a brief synopsis of the history of Poole Heart
Support Group which we refer to as the PHSG.
The first meeting to study the feasibility of setting up
a support group was on 27th January 1992. Five
people were at this meeting, the British Heart
Foundation area support adviser, the Senior
Cardiac Consultant at Poole Hospital, two sisters
from the cardiac rehabilitation unit and an ex-patient,
Jim Waine. The first committee or working party
meeting was on 2nd July 1992. At that meeting, the
Constitution was agreed. The aims of the group are
Social meetings - Exercise programme - Walking Group - News Magazine -
Enewsletter - Cycling Group.
Some of the original founder members are still in the group and a few still on the
committee. A tribute to our effectiveness perhaps.
We have our own office with very strict procedures and training and its own office
manual. Our accounts at the end of each year are certified by a professional
accountant and copies of the accounts are forwarded to the British Heart
Foundation with the minutes of the AGM.
Social meetings are held regularly. The meetings are planned with a guest
speaker, often but not always on a medical topic, followed by tea and coffee so
that people can chat to one another and a raffle to help with our funds.
Occasionally we have an outing instead.
We also hold monthly “Chat Stop” meetings during the day except in the summer.
This gives an opportunity to have a cup of tea and just meet other members,
although we sometimes have some entertainment.
Our Annual Dinner is generally held in the Spring.
Our full colour Magazine is produced quarterly. It contains contributions from
regular contributors such as Health Care Professionals in cardiology and notes
about our events. We aim to keep our readers up to date with the latest
developments, and also keep them amused with some pages of jokes!
We encourage members to let us use their email address so that our secretary
can send out monthly news bulletins and reminders about events.
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The exercise programme we have established is based on studies from the USA
by Dr. Dean Ornish on the need for exercise in people with heart related
problems. We include the recommendations of the British Association of Cardiac
Rehabilitation, the Poole Rehabilitation Team and BHF studies. The venues and
the criteria we set were difficult to attain, but all of our trainers have qualifications
from the BACPR and the Group funds this for them. We have many venues now
where you can exercise and these are laid out on the next page. We keep the
cost to as low as possible and the classes are private to PHSG and closed
from the public where possible. Classes are run by a qualified instructors and
partners are encouraged to join in.
Walking & Cycling Groups
The Walking Group was set up in 1997. We were the first Heart Support
Group in the country to be affiliated to the Ramblers Association. The Cycling
Group started in 2007 and is affiliated to the Cyclists' Touring Club.
NHS Talks and Meetings
PHSG have a very good relationship with Poole Hospital and the Cardiac
Group. Members of PHSG sit on the Practice Development Unit Quality
Service Group and Dorset Cardiac and Stroke Network meetings. We also
attend Cardiac Rehabilitation Unit meetings and Cardiac Education Days at
Poole Hospital where we introduce our Group to recovering patients.
Members also attend the East Dor