Arrhythmia Alliance's Political Events - 'Now is the Time'

To coincide with World Heart Rhythm Week, Arrhythmia Alliance held a series of political events, which took place in each country of the UK. At each of these events Arrhythmia Alliance's Manifesto on Sudden Cardiac Arrest was launched, this report tackles the disparity in accessing lifesaving Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) across the UK. The manifesto includes a step-by-step guide, which both policy makers and professionals with an interest in Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) care can follow to push forward change.

Photographs from all the political event launches can be found here.

Northern Ireland Assembly Event - Sponsored by Minister Simon Hamilton

Monday 1 June, 11:30-13:00

The Long Gallery, The Northern Ireland Assembly, Belfast

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London Parliamentary Event - Hosted by Mr Glyn Davies MP

Wednesday 3 June, 12:15-15:00

The Terrace Room, House of Commons, London

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Welsh Assembly Event - Sponsored by Mr Darren Millar AM

Wednesday 17 June, 12:00-13:30

Rooms C & D, The National Assembly for Wales, Cardiff

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Scottish Parliamentary Event - Hosted by Rhoda Grant MSP

Thursday 18 June, 13:00-14:15

The Burns Room, The Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh

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Awareness Events

Awareness Activities, A-A China

1-7 June

AA-China organised activities including free health consultations, health lectures, CPR training for citizens and delivered booklets in Beijing, Shanghai, Heilongjiang, Xinjiang, Shandong, Ningxia, Hebei, Guangdong and Jiangxi, totalling 9 provinces; more than 10,000 of citizens attended the activities.


Pulse Check Event, Cromwell Hospital

1-7 June

Pulse checks were taken at Cromwell Hospital throughout the week with individuals being referred on to their GP, if an irregularity was detected. Four sessions were held in total with manual pulse checks carried out on 177 volunteers. It was a very successful event with lots of lifestyle advice and information provided to the people who attended.


Awareness Event, Hammersmith Hospital

1-7 June

During Heart Rhythm Week, Andrea & Sian had a stand at Hammersmith Hospital where they handed out our know your pulse information to raise awareness of this simple test. They also highlighted the importance of Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) and the need for more education and training. Throughout the week they spoke to individuals who had personal experiences with arrhythmias whether it was themselves or a family/friend.


Awareness Event, Leicester

1-7 June

Dr Ben Coyle, GP and GP Mentor for Leicester Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) visited the CCG offices during Heart Rhythm Week and taught the staff how easy it is to take your pulse and what to look out for. Dr Coyle also arranged for all GP practices to get copies of our Know Your Pulse information leaflets, as well as all pharmacies.


AF Screening, North East London Pharmacies

1-7 June

Across six boroughs of North East London, participating pharmacies carried out AF screening during Heart Rhythm Week. After a sucessful campaign last year, the participating pharmacies once again urged the local public to visit their local community pharmacy to have their heart checked.


Defibrillator Awareness, Scotland

1-7 June

As part of Heart Rhythm Week, Dunblane Civic Society did a demonstration and some practical basic life saving training, approximately 50 members attended the session all interested in seeking information. Training classes were also arranged with Clackmannanshire Schools Support Service with pupils with special welfare needs receiving AED training.

Forth Valley Scout Leaders got involved by purchasing an AED trainer and included this within their First Response sessions.


Awareness Event, Larkfield & Maidstone

Tuesday 2 June

An awareness stand was held at leisure centres in Larkfield and Maidstone where the resources seemed to be well received and funds were also raised for Heart Rhythm Week - thank you very much for your support!


Awareness Event, Brighton Train Station

Tuesday 2 June

Helen and Catherine, along with some help from their colleagues carried out a public awareness at Brighton Train Station. They set themselves up on the concourse and offered free pulse checks, education, advice and information sheets on how to check a pulse to the general public.


Defibrillator Awareness Event, Stratford upon Avon College

Wednesday 3 June

Staff members from Arrhythmia Alliance attended a defibrillator awareness event at Stratford-upon-Avon College on Wednesday 3 June; with the aim to highlight to the students how simple and safe an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) is to use. Demonstrations were provided, with the students and college staff also having a go themselves and being provided with Arrhythmia Alliance's chain of survival card.


Awareness Event, John Radcliffe Hospital

Thursday 4 June

An awareness stand was held at John Radcliffe Hospital on Thursday 4 June where the team checked 80 heart rhythms on AliveCor's Heart Monitor and 64 on an ICD programmer. Funds were also raised for Heart Rhythm Week - thank you very much for your support!



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