Mike & The W.I

Mike had a fantastic welcome from the Tredegar branch of the Women’s Institute.

He arranged a visit with these ladies so that everyone could update their basic life-saving skills and awareness of AED’s (external Defibrillators).

We would like to thank the W.I. for collecting £55 towards the GwentDefibbers support group. It is very much appreciated.

Pictured here – Fay & Mike


For more information about the W.I. please visit here….



Heart Failure Project

Please find enclosed an invite from Jackie Miles and Dr Ross regarding an upcoming research project. Further information can be obtained here…
Lead Nurse for Heart Failure & Cardiac Rehabiliation Research
R&D Dept
St Woolos Hospital
tel: Helene Lavender  01633 238140 x 48140
Subject: Heart Failure Project – invite

Hi Mike and Sandra
I hope all is well as I have a favour to ask of you!
Myself and a colleague Dr Linda Ross are in the process of designing a research project in partnership with the South Wales Clinical Trials Unit based at UHW.
The project will test a new intervention led by a Heart Failure nurse with additional training in Spiritual Support (a Facilitator). Spiritual Support is an element of care that, because of its sensitive nature, tends to be forgotten.
‘Spiritual care is about helping and supporting people whose sense of meaning, purpose and worth is challenged by illness. It is not necessarily about religion. In the UK such care is not routinely offered, but research into spiritual care of people suffering from heart failure is being called for with a view to improving their overall care’.
We would like to invite people with heart failure and their husband/wife/partner/carer to join us and give us their views on the design of the project and the materials we plan to use e.g patient care plan, questionnaires and information leaflets.
We think there will be around 3-4 meetings lasting up to 2hrs over the next few weeks – we have yet to decide on the venue as this will depend on where the majority of people live.  
Mike/Sue please could you put this invitation out to your group. We are hoping for at least 10 people and if you know of anyone directly – please feel free to put them in touch with me.
All expenses, will of course, be covered.
If you have any queries or questions please don’t hesitate to get back to me
 All the very best
 Jackie Miles MBE PhD


Happy New Year – 2018

21st December 2017

Dear Members

I write to invite you to the next two Gwent Defibbers meeting which are being held on Saturday 13th January 2018 at the St John Ambulance Hall, Abergavenny NP7 5SG and on Saturday 27th January 2018 at Old School Rooms, Park Road, Radyr, Cardiff CF15 8DF.  Each meeting will commence at 2pm and will last approximately 2 hours.

You will find on the reverse/ attached to this letter a list of the meeting dates to be held in both Abergavenny and Radyr, Cardiff.  You are welcome to attend either or all of the meetings.

The format /Agenda for the meeting 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
  5. Light Refreshments and chance to Network with fellow members


I look forward to seeing you at the next meeting.

Yours sincerely


Gwent Defibbers

Meeting Dates 2018

Meetings are held at either:-

St John Ambulance Hall, Abergavenny NP7 5SG. 

Old School Rooms, Park Road, Radyr, Cardiff CF15 8DF.

Date of meeting: Meeting being held at: Guest Speaker
13th Jan’ Abergavenny Mandie Welch Heart Failure Nurse

Christine Fretwell

MacMillan Advance Care Planning Facilitator for Aneurin Bevan University Health Board


27th Jan’ Radyr Dr Thomas

Talk about Sleep apnea (AP-ne-ah) is a common disorder in which you have one or more pauses in breathing or shallow breaths while you sleep. Breathing pauses can last from a few seconds to minutes. They may occur 30 times or more an hour. Typically, normal breathing then starts again, sometimes with a loud snort or choking sound


21st April Abergavenny The ICD Journey – From Manufacture – Implant – After Care.

Medronics (Manufacture)

Mr John Huish (Cardiologist)

Physiologist (Care after implant)


12th May Radyr Professor to talk about Genetics

British Heart Foundation

Guest Speakers to be confirmed


8th Sept’ Abergavenny Dr Sue Nolan

How to get ready to meet your Consultant


22nd Sept’ Radyr Alex Simpson Pharmacist

Carers UK

All meetings are on a Saturday starting at 2pm and finishing around 4pm, you are welcome to attend either or all of the meetings.


If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact Sandra Davies Secretary on 029 20889423 or email Sandra-davies@hotmail.com


Wearing a bra following ICD implant may be a bit uncomfortable.


Hooking and twisting your bra into place can be awkward, to say the least.

Many women have found it more comfortable to purchase front opening bras for this very reason.

For those who favour underwire bras then Ask The ICD at http://asktheicd.com/tile/602/english-everyday-living/can-i-wear-a-bra-with-an-underwire/   have all the information that you need on that very subject.