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Heart disease conference success.

Date: 09/09/2008           Category: Medway PCT

A conference gave people in Medway the chance to have a heart-to-heart about preventing and treating heart disease. Brought together by Medway Primary Care Trust, in partnership with Medway Council, the cardiovascular conference, was hailed a success. It focused on the healthcare needs of people in Medway suffering from chronic heart disease (CHD), diabetes and stroke. The event also encouraged people from Medway’s diverse ethnic communities to come along and share their experiences of using services in various health settings. Chair of the PCT’s Professional Executive Committee (PEC) Malvinder Raval said: “The day was not only highly successful but thoroughly enjoyable. The conference raised awareness about how heart disease, diabetes and stroke can affect anyone from any ethnic background and how it can be prevented.” Joanne Smith, Medway PCT Cardiac Rehabilitation Nurse, said: “We checked the blood pressures of 43 people and the majority of people who had these checks were from the Asian and Afro-Caribbean communities. It was a very successful day.” Speakers included Dr Alison Barnett, Director of Public Health for Medway, Dr Sandy Gupta Consultant Cardiologist from Whipps Cross and St Bartholomews Hospitals London, Professor Elizabeth Meerabeau from the School of Health and Social Care at the University of Greenwich and Vernon Hull from Medway Maritime NHS Foundation Trust. The conference, last Wednesday, 3 September, at the Pilkington Building, University of Greenwich Medway campus, Chatham, ran throughout the day. The evening event saw GPs, nurses and allied health professionals the opportunity to discuss QOF targets; evidence for effectively managing patients and care pathways. Notes to Editors: Organisations involved in the day also included the Medway Ethnic Minority forum, Medway Human Rights and Equality Council, the University of Greenwich and Medway NHS Foundation Trust.. Speakers also included Professor John Betteridge from the University College of London, Dr Alan McNaught and Dr Carlos Moreno, Dr Amuna and Dr Zotor from the University of Greenwich Maritime.