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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…
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TAKE THE SURVEY: Cardiology 2022 Curriculum Survey

Your vote is URGENTLY needed! ACHD CARDIOLOGY IS AT RISK! Your say can shape the future of ACHD services, or they will VANISH! We need as many people, not just ACHD patients to take part in this survey! The deadline to participate is the 20th…
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World Heart Rhythm Week

This week is #WorldHeartRhythmWeek ! 💙❤️ Know your Pulse To Know Your Heart Rhythm. It could save your life! Raise awareness and share this post 🙌🏼 #ListenToYourHeart  

The Somerville COVID Hardship Fund

This fund has been set up in response to the current Covid-19 pandemic whether regarding work, lack of income related to Covid-19, ill-health due to the virus etc and, as such, is limited to being able to help CHD patients affected by the pandemic. We…

Lucy Hill – “Making the most of myself.”

I was born with Tetralogy of Fallot. It meant that amongst other problems with my heart I had two holes in it, a missing pulmonary valve and narrowing of the pulmonary artery. When I was born I was rushed to Birmingham Children’s…
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(Champion) Congenital Heart Audit: Measuring Progress In Outcomes Nationally – Study information

[pdf-embedder url="https://thesf.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/CHAMPION-PDF.pdf" title="CHAMPION PDF"]     Additionally, the Facebook group link is here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/3527935317237482  
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Sarah’s Story

Living with pulmonary atresia with intact ventricular septum OHS at two days old (1980) and three years old (1983) So here I go – finally putting pen to paper after all these years. I have recently been inspired by so many people who I have…

Chicane Internet Partnership

In 2019 we entered into a corporate partnership with Chicane Internet. We are really grateful to have their support, especially during the global pandemic. We spoke to Robert Kemp about why Chicane have chosen The Somerville Foundation as their…
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Mental Health Awareness Week 18 – 24 May 2020

This week is Mental Health Awareness Week. This week think of an act of kindness you can reflect on or carry out. Share your thoughts and pictures with us. They don’t have to be big things, it can be as simple as sharing an inspirational…
Image by Jose R. Cabello from Pixabay
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COVID 19 ACHD Webinar Q & A Panel Responses

On the 8th of April 2020 Professor Michael Gatzoulis facilitated a webinar on Covid-19 and ACHD with colleagues from the Lombardy region of Italy. Below are the answers to the questions that were posed to the panel. Question: What is my risk…
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Robert’s 26 Flights for 26 days

  Robert Kemp, Chicane Connect MD has decided to embark on 26 flights for 26 days in order to raise funds for The Somerville Foundation.  Chicane Connect has proudly supported The Somerville Foundation for many years. Robert…

Save your Charity – join in the 2.6 Challenge!

We Need You! From 26th April the 2.6 challenge is inviting you to set your own personal two-six fundraising challenge. This could be running 26 laps of your garden, painting 26 pictures, creating a made-to-measure couture outfit from 26 pairs…
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Help to save your Charity – Join the 2.6 Challenge!

Help us to Save the UK’s Charities! The Covid-19 pandemic is having a catastrophic effect on UK charities leading to an estimated loss of £4 billion for the sector. Charities, like the Somerville Foundation depend on income from fundraising…
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Join the 2.6 Challenge – It’s gonna be Epic!

Help us to Save the UK’s Charities! The Covid-19 pandemic is having a catastrophic effect on UK charities leading to an estimated loss of £4 billion for the sector. Charities, like the Somerville Foundation depend on income from fundraising…
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Living through a global pandemic with a chronic health condition: how to protect your mental health

Author: Dr Liza Morton Like many people living with a serious medical condition my complex cardiac history puts me at greater risk of serious complications from COVID-19. Initially, I struggled to find expert advice during a fast moving situation…

We are Here to Help

We know that the vital support we offer is needed now more than ever, and we hope that with your help we can remain sustainable and available to help more adults with ACHD now and in the years to come. Together, we can beat this! Although…

Live Webinar – Covid 19 and Congenital Heart Disease

Date: Wednesday 8th April 2020 @ 2pm BST  streamed via Livemedia Professor Michael Gatzoulis will be facilitating a Webinar on Covid-19 and ACHD with colleagues from the Lombardy region of Italy.  They are kindly sharing their experience…

The Somerville Foundation – Covid-19 Appeal

  Dear Supporter  We trust that you are all taking care in the current climate and please be assured that we are working extremely hard to represent you, our patients, and your families at this difficult time. There has never…

Havercroft Have Heart

Havercroft Construction Ltd raised a fantastic £3,825.00 for The Somerville Foundation during the time they were in Ipswich. We spoke to Jon Patrick, Site Manager, about the Ipswich project and what’s next for Havercroft Construction… Tell…

Climbing Everest

At an altitude of 6m in our local Cambridgeshire pub, my good friend of many years, Tony, was going through the early stages of divorce and was questioning life, the universe and everything. We were joined by another friend and somehow over…
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Roderick’s Story

Name: Roderick Skinner Age: 77 Age when diagnosed: 44 Condition: Triple bypass and replacement of defective (congenital)  aortic valve with a mechanical heart valve. How has having a heart condition impacted on your mental health? The…
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Ebstein’s and me

Ebstein’s and me by Margaret Smith I was born in 1952 and diagnosed with Ebstein’s Anomaly at birth. The prognosis was that I would not survive with this condition. I spent my first few years in and out of Sully Hospital in South Wales.…
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Ways into relaxation

Anxiety is part of life and a feeling we all experience. A little anxiety can help us perform well at tasks and can bring about a heightened alertness that can be useful in situations where we might need to take care of ourselves. Too much anxiety…
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Scarred for life

Scarred FOR Life is a special photo exhibition sharing the problems and heartache that accompany living with a heart condition, both mental and physical. The first Scarred FOR Life exhibition was held in 2015 at the Kelvingrove Art Gallery…

Warfarin

Warfarin You may know people who are taking warfarin, but do you know why they take it and what it does for them? Warfarin is an anticoagulant drug. This means that it increases the time it takes for the blood to clot. If your body makes…
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Making the most of your Doctor’s Appointments

Making the most of your Doctor's Appointments I imagine that most of us have had Doctor’s Appointments that have gone well, where we have felt satisfied but also other times when this really hasn’t been the case. Many people find going…
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Travelling as a GUCH Patient

Travelling as a GUCH Patient GUCH patient and The Somerville Foundation volunteer Sophie has travelled extensively and is passionate about seeing the world. She has developed a positive, practical approach to planning holidays and here, with…
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Waking up in Intensive Care

Waking up in Intensive Care When you first come out of surgery we give you medication to keep you asleep. This is so we can make sure everything is stable before waking you up. It is a very safe place to be. You have your own nurse who looks…