We are really excited to be part of this new initiative that will help SCA survivors and their families in Essex.
We will be working with Dr Tom Keeble and his team at the Essex Cardiothoracic Centre to help create a support network of virtual sessions, digital educational videos and leaflets to help cardiac survivors and their families when they are discharged home.
Hopefully, in the future, the knowledge and resources from this can be used elsewhere in the UK and beyond.
More can be found at the Mid Essex NHS website or click the image below.
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.