Rearranged from Tuesday 19th September to Monday 20th November due to planned industrial action.
On this new date, in partnership with NHS England, Northwest Coast Clinical Network we are running an education, patient and NHS Toolkit launch event. This event will cover the management of aortic dissections, with a particular focus on Acute Type A and Type B, whilst paving the way for new care pathways, sharing patient experiences, providing A&E perspectives, and setting standards for acute care and follow-up.
- Keynote speakers include Jane Tomkinson OBE and ‘Whispering’ Bob Harris OBE.
- The event will address the complexities of thoracic aortic dissection repair and the risks of aortic rupture.
- It will be open to patients and families, AHPs in A&E Units, AHPs in Tertiary Treating Units, Doctors, Nurses and NHS leaders.
- Launch of the NHS Acute Aortic Dissection Toolkit for the North West, Wales and Isle of Man
The focus of the discussions will be on thoracic aortic dissection repair, as experts discuss the surgical interventions that are critical in managing Type A and Type B dissections, the risks associated with an untreated or improperly managed dissection, particularly a life-threatening aortic rupture. Register on the NHS England event page to attend.
The Patient Experience
The presence of patients and their families at events like this is paramount. Their attendance is the very cornerstone upon which the event’s objectives are built.
Patients who have experienced or are currently undergoing AD repair, and their families, bring with them a wealth of personal experiences and insights. It is through their experiences that we can understand the true impact of aortic dissection and the ongoing effects it can have on lives.
Being present at the event offers patients, families and healthcare professionals an invaluable opportunity to learn. The discussions, expert insights, and the launch of the NHS Acute Aortic Dissection Toolkit will provide them all with knowledge and resources to empower improvements in the patient journey.
This event also provides an environment for patients and families to meet one another. The power of shared experiences in healing and coping cannot be underestimated.
Additionally, the presence of patients and families is an essential reminder to healthcare professionals and leaders of the human aspect behind the medical terminologies and statistics. It serves as an impetus for them to keep striving for excellence in patient care.
In essence, the involvement of patients and their families is vital in not only making the event more meaningful but also in driving forward the mission of the charity in improving the diagnosis, increasing survival, and reducing disability due to aortic dissection. Their voices, their stories, and their determination are the lifeblood of this event.
This AortaEd event promises to be a milestone in the ongoing improvement of aortic dissection pathways across the North West, Wales, and Isle of Man. With the launching of the NHS Acute Aortic Dissection Toolkit, the sharing of patient experiences, and the insights from AHPs and NHS leaders, this event will play a vital role in shaping the future of aortic dissection care. In celebration of Aortic Dissection Awareness Day, let’s take the spirit of collaboration, innovation, and compassion forward, to make a difference in the lives of those affected by aortic dissection.