( June 2010) The guest speaker at this meeting was Phil Abbott who is secretary of Restart. This is a I.C.D. support group in Swansea. Phil offered an insight into reasons for starting up a support group in his neck of the woods and almost immediately we were able to identify similar aims and these included offering support to patients and families if needed and generally to raise awareness of I.C.D’s.
Phil discussed the benefits of linking up with other appropriate groups such as the British Heart Foundation and the Arrythmia Alliance. He also discussed the increase in home monitoring devices amongst the Swansea group and this may be discussed more fully at our future meetings.