Volunteers help educate paramedics about SCAD

Trustee Sarah Coombes led a training session for paramedics on 19 January, with the help of three SCAD patient volunteers.

Paramedics from the South East Coast Ambulance Service took part in a Zoom session where Sarah provided information about SCAD and volunteers Rose, Zoe and Paul told their stories and talked about their experience as SCAD patients.

Discussing the range of symptoms experienced by male and female patients, those who are perimenopausal, pregnant or post-partum, as well as those who had a cardiac arrest, illustrated clearly to the paramedics that there is no such thing as a ‘typical’ SCAD patient or ‘typical’ SCAD symptoms. This knowledge helps raise the ‘index of suspicion’ when paramedics (and other healthcare professionals) are presented with a patient who doesn’t fit the normal profile of a cardiac patient.

The group were very interested and appreciative of the opportunity to learn about SCAD directly from patients and committed to passing on the information to their teams.

Alan Rice, Associate Professor Paramedic Practice, Work Force Development Paramedic Lead, School of Allied Health, Midwifery and Social Care at Kingston University and St George’s, said: “Huge, huge thank you. One of the best patient-led sessions I’ve ever seen.”

Many thanks to the paramedics for their interest and to Sarah, Rose, Zoe and Paul for telling their stories.

If any group of healthcare students and professionals, such as paramedics, cardiac rehab teams, cardiologists, midwives/health visitors and GPs, are interested in a remote patient-led education session on SCAD, please email us.

3,700 Christmas card sold!

What an amazing bunch you are!! 

The final quarter of 2020 was the most successful period our online shop has ever seen. 

This year our Christmas card competition allowed us to expand the range of cards we offer to include four new fabulous designs. These beautiful and engaging designs, along with our existing ones, proved to be so popular we were only just able to keep up with demand and you certainly kept Trustee Harriet and her local post office very busy.  

We sold an incredible 3,700 cards, raising a whopping £1,250 profit for Beat SCAD. Perhaps the physical distance we’ve all had to maintain this year encouraged the sending of cards as a way of reaching out and keeping in touch. Whatever the reason, we are so thankful to all of you who purchased our cards and helped us raise funds to continue our important work of awareness, support and research.

As we kick off 2021, we’re getting ready to launch our Beat SCAD branded face coverings/masks. Please do keep an eye out on social media and all the usual places for further news. We are so excited to see them out and about, modelled by you, our wonderful supporters. We hope they’ll spark some intrigue and conversations.  

With Spring not far off our horizons we are also busy working away on some fresh, new designs for t-shirts and hoodies. We’ll keep you posted as soon as these are available.

These are just a few of the new and exciting items we hope to bring you this year and to help us continue to raise funds to enable us to carry out our mission. Thank you!