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Edward Amesbury and Wil Woan

Friday 24th August 2018

Today CEO Wil Woan has been visiting the Heart Centre at Royal Stoke University Hospital to meet with the Cardiac Team. He also presented at the monthly cardiac team meeting to introduce the work of Heart Valve Voice and explain to the team how they can get involved.

The visit, organised by Elizabeth Robinson, Cardiologist, involved a meet and greet with the team at the Heart Centre including Echocardiography Technologists, Cardiac Imaging Consultants and Cardiologists. It will was an excellent chance to gain a better understanding of what patients face when visiting the Heart Centre and the techniques involved to care for them. The team shared information about what their job entails on a daily basis, discussed interesting valve disease cases and explained about the technology and innovation involved in diagnosing, monitoring and treating heart valve disease.

This meeting also provided an opportunity for Wil to explain the work of Heart Valve Voice and present the different ways the clinicians at Stoke can get involved in raising awareness. In addition to meeting the clinicians, Wil also was able to meet with one of the Heart Centre’s patients. Edward Amesbury who received a TAVI at Stoke only yesterday and is already set to go home today! Wil heard all about Edward’s valve disease story and his patient pathway experience at Stoke.

Finally, Wil arranged a reunion with three of our cyclists from this year’s Heart Valve Voice Cycle Ride from London to Paris. Fang Lam, Clinical Lead in Cardiothoracic Anaesthesia, Christopher Knott, Senior Clinical Perfusionist and Jenny Birtwistle, Senior Clinical Perfusionist all members of the Heart Centre we’re there to catch up with Wil and to present him with the funds they raised for Heart Valve Voice in support of the cycle ride, a total of £525.00!

“It has been wonderful to catch up with Wil and show him some of the wonderful work we do here at the Heart Centre,” said Fang Lam. “It has also been a great opportunity to introduce the brilliant work that Heart Valve Voice does to raise awareness around valve disease to our team. We had such a great time on the cycle ride this year and cannot wait to do it again next year, so we have also be encouraging more of our colleagues to get their names down to join the team in 2019!”