A NEW group supporting people who have gone under the knife for major heart surgery, or who are about to, is being launched in Uttoxeter.
The group’s first meeting will be held in the conference room at Balance Street Surgery from 3pm today and will be open to anyone who has suffered with heart problems and their families, as a way to discuss concerns and share some helpful tips.
The group has been set up by Uttoxeter town councillor Hermione Montgomery, whose husband Hugh underwent a triple heart bypass, in a bid to offer extra support for those with heart problems in the hope of offering various activities.
The first session will be to discuss the best day and time to hold the sessions and what people would like to see happen.
Councillor Montgomery said: “We also have ample affiliation to the British Heart Foundation, which will give us the support we need. It will also offer liability insurance support as long as we abide by their regulations.
“This will be very much about word of mouth and we have put posters up to tell people about it.
“The group is not only for people who have had heart surgery, waiting for it or have heart problems – it is also about their families. It is for people of any age, not just adults.”
Councillor Montgomery, along with former town councillor Dick Jones, will be the facilitators of the group, but they plan to keep it very informal.
She said: “We have found that people do need to talk about what they are going through to make sense of it all and we will provide a friendly network of support.
“We need to make it clear that this is not because there is no rehab service any more, this will be totally different to that. ”