15 July 2020
Last week I spoke with Professor Simon Ray, President of British Cardiovascular Society, about changes to appointments, clinics and MDT’s. In our discussion, we looked at how digital innovation has been used to limit in-person services in favour of virtual clinics. Now, the reasoning for this move may be COVID-19, but as we move forward, it is clear that these changes will remain. Patient experience must be at the centre of this new practice, and we recreate the same sense of comfort patients receive from meeting their clinical team in person.
15 June 2020
Today marks the launch of The Global Heart Hub’s ‘Just Go’ campaign. Our international alliance of heart patient organisations, in collaboration with FH Europe, have launched a ‘patient to patient’ confidence-building campaign aimed at saving lives by encouraging those with symptoms of a heart attack, heart valve disease or stroke emergency to seek medical help.
03 June 2020
The first week of June is Volunteers' Week across the country, an annual celebration of the contribution millions of people make across the UK through volunteering. COVID-19 has stopped many of the activities we would usually do, so we're taking this opportunity to reflect on the contribution volunteers make at Heart Valve Voice and beyond.
19 May 2020
In my last blog, I discussed the importance of capturing key learnings from Phase 1 of NHS England's COVID-19 response and looked at ways in which we could use these learnings to support us in delivering the NHS Long Term Plan.
10 May 2020
Heart Valve Voice's patient advocate, Ian, has taken up the challenge of cycling 25 miles every day for 25 days and to raise awareness of heart valve disease and raise money for Heart Valve Voice. With seven days of cycling under his belt, he decided to update us on his progress.
05 May 2020
In an email sent out last week, NHS England signalled a move from phase 1 to phase 2 of its Covid-19 response. The email maps a move to restart urgent elective care procedures in the next six weeks, as well as some non-urgent elective care procedures.
21 April 2020
In a statement from Heart Valve Voice and the UK’s professional cardiovascular societies, we highlighted a concerning trend across the UK showing the number of people presenting at hospitals with cardiac conditions has reduced significantly due to failures to act on the deterioration of symptoms and putting people lives at greater risk.
06 April 2020
Combatting COVID-19 is an extraordinary challenge, and to do our bit to combat the spread of the virus, the nation is being asked to stay at home. Staying in is essential as limiting our contact with others will reduce the risk of us catching the virus as well as passing the virus on if we are carrying. By managing the scale of the outbreak we reduce the strain put on the NHS and help them to save more lives.