Entries by Charlie Kearsey

Emma Weingart

I qualified as a nurse from Middlesex University and have worked within cardiology throughout my career, in CCU, cardiothoracic critical care, and now as an advanced nurse practitioner for adult congenital heart disease and pulmonary hypertension. I set up the Oxford ACHD nursing service in 2014, and have seen the service grow. My clinical interests […]


Nominate our Charity to win £1000!

£1,000 could make a big difference to the work we do in the ACHD community. That’s why we’d be really grateful if you could nominate us in the Movement for Good awards. Your nomination could be the one that wins us £1,000. Hundreds of charities stand to gain £1,000 and we’d love to be one […]


MuM-PreDiCT Survey 2

We have been asked to share the below information on behalf of the MuM-PreDiCT research group (8 universities, MRC-NIHR funded). Their goal is to improve care for pregnant women with multiple long-term health conditions through research. More Info & survey link: https://bham.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/delphi-survey-core-outcome-set-mumpredict They are inviting women and people to participate in online surveys, if you: –  have […]

Leigh Nisbet

The Medical Secretary’s Tale Leigh Nisbet is a Trustee of Somerville Heart Foundation. She is a Criminal Defence Solicitor and Advocate at a long-established East London legal aid firm.  She represents some of the most vulnerable in society accused or charged with criminal offences at police stations, Magistrates Courts and in the Crown Court.  She […]


Riding with Heart

Somerville Heart Foundation is the only UK-wide charity dedicated to supporting young people and adults born with all forms of heart conditions, known as Congenital Heart Disease (or CHD). Let us introduce you to Zeph Forest of AFC Legal who is taking on a cycling challenge to support our work… I have formed a great […]

Lynda Tellett

I have worked in Southampton hospitals since I started nurse training in 1978!  After qualifying I worked on medical, cardiac and thoracic wards as a staff nurse.  In 1983 I joined the Cardiac Intensive Care team caring for patients and babies who had heart surgery. The majority of my nursing career has been in Critical […]

Just Deinum

Just Deinum was born with a Tetralogy of Fallot in combination with a VSD. He is a board member advocacy of the Patient Association Congenital Heart Disorders (PAH) in the Netherlands. PAH supports children and adults with a congenital heart defect along with their parents, partners, family members and other caregivers. Their goal is to […]

Louisa Nielsen

Louisa Nielsen (BSc, HCPC, CSP) is a Principal Cardiothoracic and Adult Congenital Heart Physiotherapist (ACHP) at University Hospital Southampton.  She has a keen interest in pre and post operative optimisation, critical care, promotion of healthy active lifestyles and developing services through evidence-based practice. With extensive experience in contributing to both national and international conferences, she […]

Tom Pierce

Dr Tom Pierce went to the newly created Medical School in 1976, and saw first-hand cardiac surgery as a house Officer at Southampton’s Western Hospital in 1982. After his medical SHO training in Derby he moved to anaesthesia and intensive care in Nottingham and then Southampton. After completing his post-graduate exams, he spent a year […]

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Run or Ride? Register today!

Are you a keen bike rider or runner? Then we have three great events to get involved with this year! These are all prestigious and highly sought-after events and participating with a charity place gives you a GUARANTEED place and helps us raise funds and awareness at the same time! Here’s a quick overview: Ride […]

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NHS Golden Jubilee SACCS Improvement Project

Help the Scottish Congenital Cardiac Service (SACCS) improve their service We have been requested to share the below on the NHS Golden Jubilee SACCS Improvement Project. The NHS Golden Jubilee is launching an improvement project to ensure that the Scottish Adult Congenital Cardiac Service (SACCS) is as good as it can be for you. It […]


Run Royal Parks Half 2022

Join our team and raise awareness for people born with a heart condition! This year’s race Takes place on 9 October 2022  and is viewed as one of the most beautiful half marathons in the world. The 13.1mile run leads its 16,000 participants through four of London’s eight Royal Parks, including Hyde Park, The Green […]


Ride for us

CALLING ALL RIDERS Get on your bike, we have 2 great events for you this year! Ride London – Essex 100 – 29 May 2022 100 miles of traffic-free roads through the heart of London and neighbouring Essex. Read more about the route and the stunning new finish line – London Bridge! £50 to register and […]


Joint Open Day with Little Hearts Matter

We are excited to be holding a joint conference with Little Hearts Matter When: Saturday 12th March 2022 – 10:00 to 4:30 PM Where: Yarnfield Park, Stone, Staffordshire ST15 0NL The open day is a free event and will include talks from Consultant Cardiologists, Dr David Crossland and Dr Lorna Swan. Here are some of […]


Focus Group -Pregnant women and birthing people with 2 or more long-term health conditions

Our goal is to improve care for pregnant women and birthing people with multiple long-term health conditions through research. – On behalf of MuM-PreDiCT | http://mumpredict.org/  We are inviting women and birthing people to participate in an online Focus Group, if you: –  are planning a pregnancy or have been pregnant in the last 5 years, AND –  have 2 […]


February Footsteps 2022

Join us for our February Footsteps challenge and help us beat last year’s record.  Last year we had a collective total of 7.4 million footsteps walked. We had over 40 participants across the UK and Europe and raised an incredible £2500! This year, we want to exceed what we achieved last year, and we know […]

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Exploring Benefits Online Webinar – 22 Jan ’22

Introducing Pat Ramsey, Manager of Ipswich Disabled Advice Bureau. The organisation started as a drop-in advising about welfare benefits. After the changes to benefits in the 1990s, this became a major part of their work. At our ‘Exploring Benefits’ webinar Pat will talk about some of the welfare benefits available, eligibility and the points system […]

2021 Christmas Survival Guide

How this year has flown. 😲  It seems like just yesterday we were getting ready for the festive season, and here it is again. 🎄 We know that this time can be overwhelming, we hope these tips will help you through. ❤️ Get Active Whether it’s having a daily walk, run or bike ride, take […]

Festive Season Office Closure 2021 – 2022

OFFICE CLOSURE NOTICE Our office will be closed between 24 – 28 December inclusive and from 1 – 3 January 2022 inclusive. The patient’s helpline can still be reached, please leave a message and we will return your call as soon as we can. ADDITIONAL SUPPORT There are also a number of other organizations that […]


2022 Dates to Diarise

Get these 2022 dates in your diary! More information on these events will be sent out in due course so keep an eye out for future communications. Exploring Benefits Webinar (online) – 22 Jan 2022 – Sign in to the Community Area to access the registration link Heart Month – February 2022 February Footsteps – February […]


COVID-19 Update 17 November 2021

England Booster vaccines  People aged 40 to 49 will soon be offered a booster of either Pfizer or Moderna vaccine 6 months after their second dose. Book your vaccination appointment online or find a walk-in clinic. Vaccinations for 12 to 17 year olds  All young people aged 16 and 17 will soon be able to book their second […]

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Ecclesiastical 12 Days of Giving

With your help, we could receive a £1000 donation from Ecclesiastical! Vote for The Somerville Foundation as your chosen charity in the Ecclesiastical 12 Days of Giving Campaign! Anyone can nominate Ecclesiastical will draw 10 winners at random each weekday and nominations will remain open until midnight the day before each draw. Draws will take […]


COVID-19 Update 11 October 2021

England Changes to the travel red list and recognised proof of vaccination list from 4am on 11 October 47 countries and territories were removed from the red list. 37 new countries and territories have been added to the list of countries with recognised proof of full vaccination for travel to England. New rules for international travel  […]


COVID-19 Update 4 October 2021

England New rules for travelling or returning to England • New international travel system from 4 Oct: red list and rest of world • Changes to rules for fully vaccinated travellers coming from non-red list countries • 8 destinations removed from red list including Turkey and Pakistan Autumn and winter plan 2021 The government has […]