18 December 2017
Last week Heart Valve Voice CEO Wil Woan visited The North-West Heart Centre at Wythenshawe Hospital and met with Keith Pearce, the new president of the British Society of Echocardiography (BSE). The two discussed the possibility of both organisations forming a partnership in 2018 as echocardiography or ‘echo’ plays such a key role in the valve disease patient’s pathway.
15 December 2017
17 December, 2017 marks the anniversary of Brighton’s first ever TAVI treatment. Since this important first, the heart team at Brighton and Royal Sussex University Hospital have performed over 800 TAVI procedures.
20 November 2017
Recently Wil Woan attended the annual British and Irish Society for Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery (BISMICS) meeting in London on the 2nd and 3rd November. The meeting brings together health professionals with an interest in minimally invasive cardiothoracic surgery from across the UK, Ireland and overseas to discuss recent advancements and achievements in the field.
14 November 2017
This past weekend the Heart Valve Voice team attended the Issues and Answers Conference in Nottingham. The annual conference, aims to provide primary care professionals with the knowledge and understanding that will enable them to deliver best practice every day to their patients.
10 November 2017
In partnership with the The Royal Photographic Society we will be launching ‘Patient Portraits: A New You’ a photography competition on the 5th December, encouraging keen photographers to capture heartfelt moments in time and convey what life after heart valve disease means to patients. The images captured will help raise awareness of heart valve disease, its prevalence and symptoms and educate audiences that with appropriate treatment, patients can return to a good quality of life.
17 October 2017
Neil Betteridge is a Patient and Public Advisor for the NHS, an Improving Quality Co-Chair, Chronic Pain Policy Coalition & a Representative for the CRG Specialised Pain Services, NHS England. He works with Heart Valve Voice to ensure that we are optimising our patient advocacy and patient involvement. Here he talks about his work and how he has dedicated his time to see to it that patient’s voices are loud and clear.
09 October 2017
Sunday night at the 2017 EACTS Conference, there was a friendly rivalry taking place in the form of a very exciting football game! For the second year in a row, the UK, represented by the Heart Valve Voice Football team, played their hearts out, figuratively of course, and managed to come in second place to the Russian representatives.
06 October 2017
On the 2 October, Wil Woan, Chief Executive of UK valve disease charity Heart Valve Voice, attended a stakeholder briefing at Oxford Heart Centre at John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford. Along side Mr Mario Petrou, Consultant Cardiac Surgeon and Head of Programme for Complex Aortic Surgery, Wil met with Oxford East Member of Parliament Anneliese Dodds to discuss heart valve disease and its impact on the NHS and on patients both locally and throughout the UK.