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Meet the Team
Sir John Egan & Professor Sir Roger Boyle
Dr Najmi Qureshi
Consultant Cardiologist, Co Founder and Trustee
I saw my first patient in South Warickshire when I was training in 1991, a short spell as a Consultant Cardiologist in 1994 at Warwick Hospital, then returning permanently in 1997, having spent a couple of years in the Netherlands doing higher specialist training.
My vision is to develop a team of highly trained specialist cardiac nurses who could provide support to all patients (and their families) from the point of first diagnosis whether in hospital or in the community, who can act as a point of contact, offer advice and education, visit patients at home after discharge, optimise their tablets, and advise on other aspects of their care to enable the patient to achieve the best possible outcome. Equally, the same team of nurses would be able to provide the additional input if the cardiac condition worsens to maximise the support and care of these patients towards the end of life to give them the choice and dignity to be cared for at home or in the community.
Please join me to bring about a model of care that works seamlessly across all areas of the patients care - whether in hospital, community or home! There is still so much we can do individually and as a community in partnership with the fantastic work that is already being done by our local hospitals and primary care providers in the community.
Sister Donna McDonnell
Cardiac Rehabilitation Sister, Co Founder and Trustee
I have been working within cardiology for the past 9 years. For the last 18 months I have been the cardiac Rehabilitation Sister. This has enabled me to ovbserve and demonstrate the value of an individualised cardiac rehabiliation programme for patients following any heart event. I feel that I am fortunate to be able to share my patients' journeys from admission to hospital to their discharge from the cardiac rehabilitation exercise and education programme 14 weeks later. Being part of this charity has given me the opportunity to support a cause that I am passionate about while learning new skills
William Cowles - Trustee
I discovered I had angina quite by accident in the autumn of 2006. Luckily there was no heart attack and I had bypass surgery in March 2007. I duly started my cardiac rehabilitation class but had to drop out due to other health issue complications. After a prolonged recovery I was able to restart the cardiac rehabilitation classes and stayed on as a volunteer. I am now retired after a working life in the automotive research and development industry.
Sally Bee - Fund Raising Manager
Sally Bee suffered 3 heart attacks in the space of a week when she was just 36 years old. Her attacks were due to a very rare heart condition, but her recovery was the same as any heart patient. Sally remembers the fear of leaving the hospital after her 2 week stay. She was afraid of everything and the only thing that helped her to stop surviving and start living again was Heart Rehab, the service she was offered at Warwick Hospital. Sally now is proud to be a fund-raiser for SW-HEART, she also regularly counsels heart patients, is an NHS accredited Expert Patient as well as her media career in television and writing cookbooks.