Patient Involvement Workshop, Abergavenny

Please save the date: Patient involvement workshop

St John Ambulance Hall, Abergavenny NP7 5SG
10th February 2020 – 1:00 pm – 3:30pm.



Please ensure that you respond to Bethan from BHF.
Kind regards
Sandra Davies
Gwent Defibbers

Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Screening

The Welsh Screening programme for abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAA) was introduced in 2013.

For more information about this free test, including the age groups involved,  please visit


Thank You BGCC

Thank you to Blaenau Gwent County Council for agreeing to donate £492 to support the GwentDefibbers Support Group.

Your help is appreciated.

Dates for 2020

UPDATE (28/12/19)

Evening all
The information previously sent out, one of the dates was incorrect.
Please note that our first meeting in Abergavenny is on the 11th January (not 7th as indicated on the invitation letter and list of dates).
I would like to wish you a Happy Healthy New Year and hope to see you at our meetings.
Kind regards



55 Heol Barri



CF83 2LX

Tel: 02920 889423



Dear Members

I write to invite you to the next Gwent Defibbers meeting which is being held on Saturday 11 Jan 2020 at the St John Ambulance Hall, Abergavenny NP7 5SG (2pm – 4pm approx.).

The format /Agenda for the meetings will be as follows:

  1. Welcome from Chairman Mike Morgan
  2. Update on group matters
  3. Update from Secretary/Treasurer Sandra Davies
  4. Guest Speaker – Mandie Welch Lead Heart Failure Specialist Nurse, Cwm Taff Health Board.
  5. Light Refreshments and chance to Network with fellow members

I look forward to seeing you at the next meeting.

The list of future meeting dates is attached.

I would like to Wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy Healthy New Year.

Yours sincerely

Sandra Davies   Secretary/Treasurer


If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact Sandra Davies Secretary on 029 20889423 or email or


Save A Life Day, Cardiff

The Save A Life Day took place at Cardiff football stadium.

GwentDefibber members found the day very rewarding as they had the opportunity to listen to various professionals and people from the wider community, they were able to get lots of signatures for the petition which requests that all Welsh schoolchildren are taught First Aid and CPR in schools.

The petition will be handed in within the next month or so.

It was a marvellous opportunity to network and we would like to express our thanks to Julie Starling, BHF Advanced Arrhythmia Nurse, who is employed at Betsi Cadwaladr University Hospital Trust for inviting us to this very informative and enjoyable experience.

Pictured –

Neil Warnock, Manager of Cardiff City Football Club, Julia Starling & Mike


pictured – Mike


Update: Save A Life Cymru, 2019


SALC launch (002)

Hello Michael,

Thank you very much for wanting to support the Save a Life Cymru launch. I have attached the programme, I don’t think this will change for timings but we are waiting for confirmation where in Cardiff City Football Club we are actually holding the event. I hope to get this confirmed tomorrow or Monday.

We expect the media to be present at the event and are offering them the opportunity to interview all the speakers and individuals affected by Out of Hospital Cardiac Arrest in some way. It will be up to them to take up the offer and decide who to interview.

There is always a however, we will be adding additional opportunities via the digital channels to get people’s stories out there and hope that you would be willing to become a case story.

I will send further information when it has been finalised.

Once again many thanks


Karen Morgan

Save a life Cymru Programme  Manager

Public Health Wales

1st Floor River House

Ynys Bridge Court



G.A.V.O. Awards Ceremony, 2019

Here are photographs of the Gwent Association of Voluntary Organisations (GAVO) Awards Ceremony which recognised the contributions made by volunteers throughout the County and who come from all walks of life.

Ordinary men and women who volunteer their time can make such a massive difference to the public and we thank them.

Well done to everyone concerned and especially Mike our support group chairman who accepted the award on behalf of GwentDefibbers.

Mike Morgan & Keith Minton (sponsors) Newport Uskmouth Rotary

Volunteers & Sponsors 2

Volunteers & Sponsors 3

Volunteers & Sponsors 4

Volunteers & Sponsors 5

Volunteers & Sponsors1


Save A Life Cymru, 2019

From Mandie Welch, Arrhythmia Advanced Clinical Nurse Specialist

Would anyone from GwentDefibbers (who have survived a cardiac arrest) be willing to attend this day….it would be amazing to show some support for this.

I have copied Julie Starling (arrhythmia nurse north wales) so that you can liaise with her directly



From Julie Starling

Hi All

Save a Life Cymru is being launched on the 16th October, on the steps of the Senedd, (I just hope it does not rain!!)

I’m emailing to ask if any of you or your cardiac arrest survivors would also like to be at the launch. It would be fantastic to have an all-Wales Arrhythmia nurse presence at the event. Save a Life Cymru has also asked for survivors to attend and I thought it would be easier for local survivors to attend rather than those from other regions.

I’ve sent you info on how the day unfolds.

Venue: Steps of the Senedd

Start: 12:30

Invited speakers:-

Jonathan Goodfellow, Cardiac Clinical Lead; Jason Killens, Chief Executive WAST


Vaughan Gething, Cabinet Secretary, will speak and participate in CPR demonstration


Opportunity for Fitzalan School children (60) to participate in CPR mass demonstration with partners of the Save a Life Cymru Group (members of the public able to join in if they want to)

Welsh Government will initiate diary marker for press and media, a press release will be issued with supportive comments from the members of SaLC

The ask will be for the SaLC members to retweet the press release with their comments.

Many thanks

Julie Starling

Arrhythmia Advanced clinical nurse specialist

Ystafell/ Room G63, Ysbyty Glan Clwyd Hospital

Bwrdd Iechyd Prifysgol

Betsi Cadwaladr

University Health Board

Ffôn • Tel: 01745 448788 Ext 3966

Happy 10th Anniversary

It’s very hard to believe that it has been 10 years since the GwentDefibbers Support Group started.

A massive thanks to Mike & Sandra for arranging speakers to the meetings, arranging meeting venues, liaising with the Great and the Good and doing a multitude of other tasks behind the scenes which have enabled this Group to be such a success. Also, not forgetting Lynne and Sylvia for the cakes, biscuits and much, much more besides.

From L – R, Sandra, Lynne, Sylvia, and Mike


Our first meeting took place in the Church Hall, Catholic Church, Ebbw Vale and now we are able to hold the meetings in different venues which have made it easier for those who are unable to travel far to meet with others in a similar situation.

Good Luck for the next decade

Certificate of Participation

Well done to Mike & all involved.

MayMeasure appears to have been a great success.