here to helpAffiliated to the British Heart Foundation and
Arrhythmia Alliance - The Heart Rhythm Charity
POOLE HEART SUPPORT GROUPHead Office: Poole Community Health Centre
Shaftesbury Road, Poole BH15 2NT
Telephone: 01202 683363 ext. 133 (9am-4pm answerphone)
Telephone manned Mondays and Thursdays: 1.30-3.30pm
Web site address: www.poolehsg.org.uk
PRESIDENT Dr. A.A MCLEOD
V. PRESIDENTS: ROBERT PAYNE, MAGGIE RICHARDSON,
JIM WAINE (01202 871532) GEOFFREY WALKER, DIANE BRUCE.
PHSG COMMITTEEKEITH MATTHEWS Chairman firstname.lastname@example.org. 01202 855001
DAVID ANDERSON Secretary email@example.com 697376
RITA HOLMES Treasurer firstname.lastname@example.org. 01202 743960
ROBIN PRINGLE Exercise Coordinator email@example.com. 01202 884250
ALAN BRISTOW Magazine Editor/Liaison firstname.lastname@example.org. 01202 694886
GARY LEE Social Secretary email@example.com. 01202 722814
JAN MESHER Office firstname.lastname@example.org. 01202 250108
PAM BAILEY BHF Rep. 01202 574944
DON BAILEY Member 01202 574944
GEORGE WILKINSON Member 01202 740374
GERRY WRIGHT Purbeck Member email@example.com. 01929 421864
VACANCY Want your name here? Please see a committee member!
If you know a member who is ill, please tell us by contacting Mavis Terry,
Welfare Support, on 01202 874760 or firstname.lastname@example.org
OTHER CONTACTSMAX SMITH Website email@example.com 01202 676601
DEREK POPE Computer Club/Data base firstname.lastname@example.org 01202 889070
DAVID LLOYD Publicity email@example.com 01202 697179
GEORGE OLEARY PHSG shirts firstname.lastname@example.org 01202 743978
CYRIL MARTIN Walking Group 01202 733956
Please send magazine articles to Alan Bristow, 60 West Way, Broadstone BH18 9LS
email@example.com Tel. 01202 694886
Magazines are published 1st March, 1st June, 1st September and 1st December.
Last date for articles to Editor is 10th day of month before publication.
Dates for your Diary - Meetings and Social Events - Please see page 19
Hello, I am your new Chairman and I am pleased to have been elected to
that post at the recent AGM, with the full support of our founder, Jim Waine,
and all the committee.
I still tend to think of myself as one of the new members, but I realise Ive
been active in PHSG for nearly five years ! Ive had a few stays in hospital
back then and have direct experience of both Bournemouth and the Poole
CCU and the rehab programmes of both hospitals. I exercise at Canford,
organise the Cycling Group and drop into the Computer Club from time to
time. Youll generally find me at the monthly Thursday talks too. Ill try to
drop into some other groups if time permits. That may have to wait until I
retire in September !
Im looking forward to helping PHSG continue its good work. See you around !
Cardiology News from Poole
Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Its good to have the opportunity to update you all again
and against the back drop of spring which is always a
good time of year and holds so much promise of
hopefully a lovely summer ahead.
We are about to put on an additional 3rd pacemaker
insertion list per week to meet the demands of the
service since we commenced last year which is
excellent and will of course reduce waiting lists. Also
we have had no pacemaker infections due to insertion
over the period, and we use a mild sedation during the procedure to help the patient
relax which is innovatory and has proved a great success.
We have also as part of the cardiac rehabilitation service worked in partnership with
the British Red Cross through one of our quality service group members, Dr Isobel
Smart, who is President of Dorset Red Cross, to run first aid courses for family and
friends of cardiac patients. The course has proved a great success and members of
the Heart Support Group came to the launch course and more are planned.
With regard to our bid to become a Practice Development Unit for Cardiology and
Medicine with the University of Bournemouth, we had our final health check before
going for accreditation on the 29th April. The university representative came to see
our service and projects from the staff and to look to see if we were ready. She was
extremely impressed and had nothing but positive comments. Alan Bristow also
met her over coffee, to talk about the Quality Service Group and she was delighted
with our public/patient involvement - Alan did a great job of selling us! Hopefully we
can now go for full accreditation at the end of June, which will recognise us as a
centre of excellence. I will keep you all informed of progress, it will be a real feather
in our cap and key to this has been the strong links we have with all of you through
our Quality Service Group which I know will now continue to go from strength to
It has been really good to have members of the Quality Service Group accompany
me on Matrons rounds. It has set a clear sign to patients and relatives that we do
listen to them and take action. I have really enjoyed showing every one around and
the staff also have appreciated the involvement too. I am immensely proud of the
service and staff and therefore its good to let people see what we do. One of the key
comments made by the members of the group as they visited the wards was how
clean they were. I have passed this on to the cleaning managers and also the staff
themselves, as all care is a team effort.
I look forward to speaking to you all again soon and giving you a lecture in November,
until then have a healthy and happy summer.
Matron Geoffrey Walker, Cardiology and MedicineMatron Geoffrey Walker, Cardiology and MedicineMatron Geoffrey Walker, Cardiology and MedicineMatron Geoffrey Walker, Cardiology and MedicineMatron Geoffrey Walker, Cardiology and Medicine
Heart News with Dr. Christopher Boos
I am delighted to say that we started our
Cardiopulmonary Exercise Testing (CPET) Service on
the 12 March 2009. This is a unique, once weekly,
service that is unavailable in most hospitals across the
UK. So what is CPET ? Well, it is now the gold standard
objective tool for the evaluation of cardiopulmonary
function and fitness. It is an entirely non-invasive and
objective method of assessing integrative exercise
responses involving the pulmonary, cardiovascular and skeletal muscle
systems, which are not adequately reflected through the measurement of
individual organ system function, such as
with an echocardiogram and cardiac MRI
or with routine treadmill testing. At Poole we
have acquired a state of the art system.
What does this test involve you might well
ask? After taking a brief history, patients will
undergo measurement of their height,
weight and body mass index. This followed
by baseline spirometry to assess for any
resting breathing limitation. Patients are
then exercised on either the bicycle or
treadmill. During exercise patients will have
either a mouthpiece or face mask fitted
(which directly measures gas exchange)
connected to the metabolic cart and gas analyser (see image). An enormous
number of measurements are assessed and include continuous 12 lead
ECG analysis, blood pressure, heart rate, breathing reserve, oxygen
consumption and saturations etc. A typical protocol will consist of at least 1
minute of resting assessment (ECG and simultaneous gas analysis) followed
by 1-3 minutes of electronically unbraked bicycling or gentle treadmill
assessment followed then by full exercise (typically 5-11 minutes) specifically
tailored for the patients capabilities. The entire test from arrival to full
completion takes 30-40 minutes with an immediately available report. The
uses for CPET are numerous and include, objective pre-operative risk and
disability assessment, investigation of breathlessness, diagnosis of coronary
artery disease and heart failure risk stratification to name just a few. I look
forward to leading the expansion of this really exciting and new service.
I have been asked to write a bit about myself and the fitness groups I teach
at Images Gym. I took over the circuit classes from Lesley over six years
ago, although it really doesnt feel that long. Over that time I have seen
many faces come and go but what has never changed is the happy and
supportive attitude of the exercisers!
I teach about 25 fitness classes a week, two of which are for the Heart
Support Group, and they are definitely two of my favourites.
When I sat and considered what I do in my spare time, I realised that fitness
seems to account for nearly all of it. I run my own Pilates busines