Heart arrythmia support group off to a flying start at Grantham hospital

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A group which supports people with heart arrythmia was successfully launched last week.

Beat-It Grantham got off to a flying start on Wednesday with a talk given by Dr Andrew Houghton, Consultant Cardiologist at Grantham and District Hospital, who reviewed arrhythmias and was particularly well received.

Cara Mercer, Cardiac Physiologist at the hospital, showed those attending a variety of cardiac implants during the course of the evening.

Gini Dellow, group founder and patient lead said: “We had an amazing response to the launch of Beat-It here in Grantham and are definitely going to need a larger room next time. From this very positive start it is hoped that the group will grow in strength and continue to support those with arrhythmias and syncopes through this successful mix of shared experiences, mutual support and informative talks. Such opportunities give people locally choice and ownership over their health and the support of meeting others with similar diagnosis will doubtless help everyone involved.”

Beat-It Grantham has been set up in affiliation with Arrhythmia Alliance to provide a forum of mutual support and information for arrhythmia and syncope patients in South West Lincolnshire. It is hoped from the positive feedback received further Beat-It Groups will open across Lincolnshire providing for patients young and old alike.

Arrhythmia Alliance Founder and Trustee, Trudie Lobban MBE, said: “I am so pleased that the first meeting of Arrhythmia Alliance – ‘Beat It!- Grantham’ Patients’ Support Group was successful. The UK-wide Arrhythmia Alliance network of affiliated patient support groups continues to provide an untold amount of support to arrhythmia patients and their families. I welcome this work in advancing and furthering support in the south Lincolnshire area.”

Kate Dillon, of Ancaster, said she had found the evening very informative and supportive. She said: “I didn’t realise some of the statistics were that high” in respect of those suffering atrial fibrillation and other arrhythmias. She was among nearly 30 people who attended.

The next meeting of Beat-It Grantham will be on March 4 2015 at Grantham Hospital and is open to all across South West Lincolnshire and beyond. Those wishing to attend are asked to phone 07539 936464 or e-mail beatitgrantham@outlook.com to book their free place.