Cardiology nurses discuss the emotional impact for patients living with chronic conditions

Cardiology nurses discuss the emotional impact for patients living with chronic conditions

Adult Congenital Heart Disease (ACHD) is a lifelong chronic heart condition. Many of the adult survivors have undergone multiple surgeries, interventions, treatments, and investigations throughout their lives, spending long periods of time in hospital. The impact of this is huge and lasting for both patients and their families. Being an inpatient or having to make multiple trips to a hospital, either as a patient or a visitor can have a considerable bearing on an individual’s emotional and...

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Connecting to recommended online wellbeing support

Connecting to recommended online wellbeing support

We recognise that many, many people live with ongoing and debilitating chronic conditions and also life-shortening conditions; we know that this is emotionally really, really tough. Therefore, we are developing ways to reach out and support outpatients who are seeking support for their emotional wellbeing. One way we can do this is to connect you all to the extra help for your mental wellbeing that is available across Wales, online and over the phone. These services are safe, free and you do...

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Lesley’s story

Lesley’s story

Speaking to Lesley Meek is a humbling experience. Throughout her life she has spent more time in hospital than anyone should have to. Yet she has learnt to face adversity and remains positive and is a great supporter of Daring to Dream which makes a positive contribution to the emotional health and wellbeing of patients and their families. Lesley’s struggle began in 1966, born prematurely with a heart condition. Her parents were told she would not survive. She spent the first two years of her...

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Hospital – a place for emotional as well as physical care

Hospital – a place for emotional as well as physical care

Over the years, being in hospital and seeing your loved one battling to stay alive is draining for anyone. You do not realise the impact it has on you as you are trying your hardest to be strong for them and somehow contain your emotions. At times, the word and place “Hospital” can feel as though it is a daunting place to be. This is why emotional support for patients but also for their families is crucial; it allows people to see the true colours of Hospital, which is in fact a place filled...

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Amy’s Story

Amy’s Story

Listening to a day in the life of the vivacious, fun, and capable Amy Penn during these testing times, you would not for an instant notice anything unusual. During the day, she works hard as an HR assistant from the home she shares with her parents. In the evening, she uses Zoom and WhatsApp to keep in touch with her friends, and tentatively making plans to get out more and meet with friends. However, Amy, who lives in Newport, is also battling a chronic congenital heart condition and has done...

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C3 Corridor Relatives’ and Quiet Rooms

C3 Corridor Relatives’ and Quiet Rooms

On Friday March 6th, Daring to Dream was able to invite staff, patients, and supporters to the official “Red Ribbon” opening of the refurbished Relatives’ and Quiet Room within the Cardiothoracic Directorate. As part of our commitment we intend to refurbish all of the Cardiology ward patients’ day rooms and the relatives’ rooms, turning them into more comfortable and comforting spaces. We were delighted to announce the completion of the first two rooms, the Relatives’ Room and The Cwtsh, both...

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Harmoni Cymru on B1

Harmoni Cymru on B1

Music is such a powerful way to provoke memories, emotions, and lift our spirits. We had been able to arrange weekly musical interludes with Harmoni Cymru for patients on Ward B1 in the Cardiothoracic Directorate. Patients just loved them! Amidst patient feedback comments were: “It just brightened the day, cheered us up and put a smile on our faces” Another patient said “Absolutely made my day. Both young ladies were brilliant and the lady with violin could make it talk.” “They brought a ray...

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Launch of Daring to Dream

Launch of Daring to Dream

At the final Leading Wales Awards & Legacy Dinner in September 2019, we formally launched the new charitable fund, Daring to Dream, which is part of the legacy of the Awards. Sophie Howe (Future Generations Commissioner for Wales and the fund’s first patron) together with Dr Nav Masani (Assistant Medical Director and Consultant Cardiologist from Cardiff & Vale University Health Board) both spoke eloquently, persuasively and with much compassion. They outlined from their personal and...

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