We’re pleased to announce, that Dr Tom Keeble, consultant cardiologist and supporter of Sudden Cardiac Arrest UK has won the patients prize for NHS Hero at Southend Hospital. A fantastic accolade and well deserved, especially for all his help with the group especially the successful Guinness World Record Attempt in June. Well done Tom!
Dr Keeble said he was most honoured to receive the prize and gave thanks to all in the group. A special mention should go to Charlie Dickens who instigated his nomination and helped ensure Dr Keeble was in the running.
After our first meet-up in February 2015, I realised I was not alone. It was the first time since my cardiac arrest the previous year that I had spoken face-to-face with someone who had experienced what I had. This was also true for my wife, who also happened to be my lifesaver. From that meet-up, the idea of SCA UK was born. Since then, we have achieved a considerable amount, primarily providing information, resources and support to others in a similar situation but also raising the profile of survivorship and the need for better post-discharge care. We are starting to get traction in this, and with the formation of the charity, I genuinely believe we have a bright future ahead and will make a significant difference in the lives of many who join our ranks.