The Kingston Cardiac Support Trust was formed in 1991 by Dr.Culling, the Senior Cardiac Consultant at Kingston Hospital, and four former cardiac patients - all of whom had suffered a heart attack and three had undergone heart bypass operations.
Dr. Culling also established a Support Group for cardiac patients and their families, with attendances of 30 to 50 people at each monthly meeting. The meetings have a varied programme of guest speakers, many of whom are members of the hospital staff who give their time voluntarily, and include visits by Consultant Cardiologists from St. George's Hospital at Tooting, where many of Kingston's cardiac patients go for angioplasty or for bypass surgery. Following Dr.Culling's retirement, Dr. Pakrashi is the Senior Cardiac Consultant and Dr. Pakrashi, or another Cardiac Consultant, is always available at the Group Meetings to answer questions and to provide advice to cardiac patients and their partners. Copies of the Programme of speakers are available at the Group Meetings on the first Thursday of each month at Kingston Hospital, and on the hospital's website.
The reason for forming the Trust was to provide an independent mechanism for raising funds, receiving donations and handling monies for the provision of specialist medical equipment for the Cardiology Department at Kingston Hospital not provided by the NHS. There are currently eight active Trustees who, with two or three members of the Support Group, manage the affairs of the Trust. All are unpaid volunteers who pay their own expenses.
Other members of the Support Group run a Phase 4 'Fitness Club, which meets on three evenings a week in the hospital's physiotherapy gymnasium. These meetings are supervised by fully qualified members of Kingston and St. George's Hospitals. The Trust provided the funds to get the Club started, and its usefulness is now widely acknowledged by the hospital team and by local doctors. Additional equipment has been purchased by the Club, and surplus funds have very kindly been donated to Trust funds.
Other members of the Support Group visit cardiac patients on the wards to deliver leaflets and handouts about the Group and the Trust, and to give those patients support and encouragement to a full recovery.
Since the Trust was formed the Trustees have raised or received over £500,000. This has enabled the Trustees to find the purchase of many items of specialist cardiac equipment, including the following -
A stress test machine/treadmill £14,530
Two event recorders £3,150
A heart imaging system £40,000
A blood pressure recorder and software £2,800
Two additional event recorders £2,400
A second heart rhythm analyser £20,000
A second stress test machine/treadmill £7,000
A Broadband Scanhead £5,660
Mobile ECG equipment £4,000
Training equipment £1,500
A Trans Oesophagal Echocardiogram £24,600
A static CW Pencil Probe £800
A pacemaker heart monitor £7,000
4 resuscitation pumps and liners £2,300
Repair of broken treadmill £4,600
A Phillips Heartstart XL defibrillator £5,000
A MARS Holter (rhythm analyser) System £23,670
15 cardiac exercise monitors and laptop computer £1,000
2 Zoll Autopulse Resuscitation machines £8,000
Improved Echocardiogram equipment £42,000
6 Stryker Trolleys £20,000
Exercise equipment for hospital gymnasium £1,000
2 x 24 hour Seer Digital Recorders with belts/pouches £4,000
An Angiographic Injection System £14,000
5 x 24 hour heart monitors (Tapes) £10,000
The Chief Executive has confirmed the Hospital Trust's commitment to the continued provision of cardiac services at Kingston Hospital. Angiograms are carried out on Bronte Ward, and the Cardiac Outpatients Unit on the ground floor provides echocardiograms and other diagnostic services.
There is an ongoing need for the Trustees to continue to raise funds for the purchase of specialist equipment for the Cardiac Department at Kingston Hospital which is not otherwise available under the NHS in accordance with the Objects of the Trust Deed. The Trustees have recently paid for additional heart monitors costing c.£16,000 and has agreed to pay for an Echocardiogram Archive, which will provide improved management flexibility and treatment, at a cost of c.£50,000.
The Trust's main fund-raising events have included Teddy Bear Lotteries, an annual Bed-Push three times around Kingston Town Centre, the sale of Christmas cards, Carol Collections at local railway stations during December, and a draw and charity auction at the Group Christmas Party.
Since the Trust was formed many very generous bequests and donations have been received, including the following (in alphabetical order) -
Capt. David Colley MN Mrs. M Tolley
Mr Edward Bentall Old Bebonians Rugby Club
Mrs Barbara Henning Richmond Parish Lands Charity
Barclays Bank Rotary Club of New Malden
Mrs J Damle Rotary Club of Kew
Fulwell Golf Club J Sainsbury
Mr Graves The St. Pauls Players, Chessington
Hampton Homecare Health Trust The Bookshop, Hampton
Kingston Lions International Unichem
Kingston Nursing Association Union Texas
Marks and Spencer Waitrose local branches
Moves Fitness WRVS, Kingston Hospital
The Trustees are very grateful for the donations and for the support which they have received from these and from many other organisations.
In addition, donations received 'In Memoriam' and bequests have totalled well over £150,000.
For further information about the Trust or the Support Group Meetings please contact W John Reed on 0208 398 2315 or by e-mail to email@example.com
Registered Charity No. 1004975
Contact - Ron Blackmore (Meetings Convener)
Tel: 020 8330 6485
Kingston Hospital Cardiac Exercise Classes
Contact - Ron Blackmore (Class Register Secretary)
Tel: 07539 367 495
Kingston Hospital Volunteer Cardiac Ward Visitors
Contact - Bill Dixon (Rota Organiser)
Tel: 020 8391 0841
KINGSTON CARDIAC SUPPORT GROUP
PROGRAMME FOR 2018
The Support Group, led by Ron Blackmore, meet in the Kingston Hospital Education Centre, 5th Floor of the new Surgical Block, Kingston Hospital, commencing at 7pm. Members share their experiences in the first half hour, any new information they have discovered or anxieties they may have. The Chairman of the Kingston Cardiac Support Trust will also update the group about fundraising activities and the purchase of equipment for the Cardiology Department.
After this we usually have a speaker, often a Cardiac Consultant from Kingston, St George’s or St Thomas’ Hospitals, programme below, who will talk about cardiac-related subjects, answer Members questions and enable Members to increase their understanding. Speakers have a wide range of cardiac and other medical knowledge and experience, and the questions you ask are an essential part of each meeting.
Everyone – not just cardiac patients, their partners and families – are welcome at meetings usually finishing at about 8.30pm. Members of staff from the cardiac services at Kingston Hospital may also be present to answer questions.
The Support Group also runs Cardiac Exercise Classes in the Physiotherapy Department on three evenings each week. These do not replace the Kingston Hospital Rehabilitation Service, but provide a longer-running opportunity for regular exercise and to meet other cardiac patients.
Please remember there is no meeting this month
Thursday 1st February
‘Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Screening’
Mr Paul Moxey
Consultant Vascular Surgeon – St George’s and Kingston Hospital
We welcome Mr Paul Moxey on his first visit to the Support Group
Thursday 1st March
‘Enabling Holistic Wellbeing’
Ms Larisza Marks
Cognitive Behaviour Therapist, Long TermHealth Condition Lead
Richmond Wellbeing Service
We welcome Larisza on her first visit to the Support Group
Thursday 5th April
“Recent recommendations in out of hospital arrest”
Dr Lucie Pearce
Cardiac Registrar, Kingston Hospital
We welcome Lucie on her first visit to the Support Group
Thursday 3rd May
‘What non-arrhythmia doctors and their patients should know about arrhythmias’
Dr Michael Cooklin
Consultant Cardiologist at Guys and St Thomas’Hospital and Kingston Hospital
We thank Dr Cooklin for coming to talk to us again
Thursday 7th June
To Be Confirmed
Dr Roy Jogiya
Consultant Cardiologist – Kingston Hospital and St Thomas’
Many thanks to Dr Jogiya on his second visit to our group
Thursday 5th July
NHS 70th Birthday
‘The Cardiac Nurse Specialist Team – Their Roles and Benefits’
Mrs Sally Wilson
Lead Cardiac Nurse Specialist
Many thanks to Sally Wilson for coming to talk to us again
Thursday 2nd August
‘Cardiac Risk in the Young [CRY]’
Ms Paula Beck
Representative of the Cardiac Risk in the Young [CRY] charity which supports relatives who have suffered a sudden cardiac death of a young family member. She will be talking about what happened to her brother Craig in 2010.
Many thanks to Paula on her first visit to talk to us. I have agreed that she may bring a CRY collection box with her for anyone who wants to contribute.
Thursday 6th September
‘Infections and Antibiotics’
Dr Caroline Kim
Senior Lecturer in Pharmacy and Chemistry at Kingston University
Dr Kim very kindly returns to inform the group
Thursday 4th October
‘Heart Failure Update’
Dr Tapesh Pakrashi,
Lead Heart Failure Consultant Cardiologist - Kingston Hospital.
Dr Pakrashi very kindly returns to inform our group.
Thursday 1st November
To be confirmed
Thursday 13th December
Please note this is the 2nd Thursday of the month.
Bring and share food [finger foods only] and drink, raffle and auction
Venue: Staff restaurant, new Surgical Block
Please contact Sue Scott at firstname.lastname@example.org for any information on our Programme. We are always pleased to hear your suggestions for future presentations. Do tell your friends and relations about the Support Group and invite them to join you.
Kingston Cardiac Support Group – please Google this for up to date information on the hospital website.
If the Programme changes during the year, announcements will be made at meetings
Kingston Cardiac Support Trust
Contacts: Stephen Alexander (Treasurer) - Tel: 020 8892 8280