Entries by Somerville Admin

Campaigning in Scotland

Campaigning in Scotland We are working with service providers and relevant stakeholders to improve health care provision. On our behalf, Dr Liza Morton sits on NHS Scotland’s Scottish Congenital Cardiac Advisory Board & their working group for developing standards. In Scotland we have campaigned for: Healthcare standards for those in Scotland born with a heart […]


Am I entitled to free NHS prescriptions?

The prescription charge in England is currently £7.65 (April 2012). For residents of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland there is no charge for prescriptions. Make sure you don’t pay for your prescriptions, if you don’t have to. You can obtain free prescriptions if you are under-16, pregnant, over 60, a student in full time education […]


Travelling as a GUCH Patient

GUCH patient and The Somerville Foundation volunteer Sophie has travelled extensively and is passionate about seeing the world. She has developed a positive, practical approach to planning holidays and here, with the help of some of our members who kindly share their experiences, she explores some of the issues, and busts some of the barriers, […]


Lets chill out

Taking time to relax is an important part of dealing with the stresses that life can throw at us. Learning how to relax is particularly helpful for those times when we get anxious or panicky. Practicing relaxation techniques as preparation for surgery and other kinds of medical interventions can also be really valuable. Some activities […]


Travel insurance

Finding Travel insurance is a must if you are considering travelling abroad possibly the most important thing you need after your passport. The travel insurance market can be a minefield, especially for those with an existing medical condition, so we are happy to be able to offer the services of Insurancewith if you are looking […]


Travel information

This leaflet gives information on travelling for adults who were born with a heart condition (congenital heart condition). Having a congenital heart condition doesn’t mean you can’t travel but it may require a bit of advance planning. It is a good idea to talk to your GUCH Specialist Nurse or GUCH Cardiologist about your travel […]


Lifestyle issues

This leaflet is designed to provide you with advice on some lifestyle choices and issues that may be related to your heart condition. The aim of the leaflet is to provide you with information so you can make the decisions for yourself. Download now 

ACHD & pregnancy

It is a tribute to modern day infant heart surgery that those born with congenital heart problems can now consider having children themselves. Congenital heart defects (CHD) also known as ACHD (Adult congenital heart defects) or GUCH (Grown Up Congenital Heart) complicate about 1 in 100 live births in the UK. Many of these heart […]


Coping With Medical Procedures

Written by Dr Sara O’Curry, Chartered Clinical Psychologist Who wouldn’t get anxious before a medical procedure? Biologically speaking, a procedure is a threat (someone moving towards you with a sharp object) and we are designed to respond to a threat by either fighting it or running away. This is called the ‘Fight or Flight Response’; […]