Your local heart support group in Shropshire
Life after a heart attack
Heart problems can be a devastating experience and our aim is to help restore confidence and prove that there is indeed life after a heart attack.
How we came to be…
In 1992 a group of patients who had spent time together in the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital Coronary Care Ward and Rehabilitation Department wished to remain in contact once they left hospital.
At the same time the British Heart Foundation (BHF) were keen to increase the support for heart patients after their time in hospital, through a network of local heart support groups. We are affiliated to the British Heart Foundation.
Our president, Sister Penny Mansell, was the ward sister on the coronary care unit and suggested that the patients form a local heart support group to enable them to stay in touch with each other and provide support to other heart patients.
From Coronary Care Unit to Copthorne Cickers United
Since the Coronary Care Ward and Rehabilitation Department at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital was generally refered to as the Coronary Care Unit we took the initials C-C-U and tried to come up with a name.
At the time the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital was better known as Copthorne hospital. So we went from Coronary Care Unit to Copthorne Cickers United. For brevity and less typing we often shorten it to just Cickers.