As Vets rugby players over 35 years of age, we are by default categorised as higher risk, regardless of how fit and healthy we may think we are. With this in mind, the approach for the Heavies and Coaches is based upon individual appointments rather than the mass screening days that will be used with both the senior players and youth sections of the club.
Some of you may be nervous about getting tested, but let’s be frank – there is never an instance where not knowing you have an underlying condition is better than knowing. People ask how they can help the Foundation – get yourself screened, and once you are done pick up the phone to another Heavies mate or Coach and encourage them to get screened!
So how do you sign up to be screened? The process is set out below and it’s very simple, but it relies upon you taking the initiative and picking up the phone to The New Victoria Hospital in Kingston, our providers for over 35’s screening – New Victoria Hospital, 184 Coombe Lane West, Kingston upon Thames KT2 7EG
The process is as follows;
Step 1: Player books into one of the cardiology clinics quoting ‘Richmond Heavies Foundation Baseline Cardiac Screening’ at the time of booking for coding/pricing purposes. The number to call is 020 8949 9020
Step 2: NVH Health Questionnaire emailed to the player at the time of booking and completed by the player prior to their visit to the Hospital
Step 3: Player arrives at NVH with a completed questionnaire and undergoes a physiologist/nurse-led ECG
Step 4: Player is seen by a Consultant Cardiologist to discuss questionnaire and ECG trace
A brief report will be sent to the player following the baseline and intermediate cardiac screening, provided no further tests are required. In the event of detailed advanced screening commencing, the player will receive copies of clinic letters as per the consultant’s practice.
Things for you to bear in mind;
The cost of the screening is free to you all as Heavies players and Coaches, all the way through to final diagnosis where you will revert to either the NHS or private medical insurance for treatment.
All data generated throughout the screening process is yours, all that the club will know is who has and hasn’t been tested.
Getting tested is the smart thing to do. Not getting tested isn’t.
If you have any questions or concerns about the process, contact Geoff Lewis (Geoff_lewis@rocketmail.com ) and he will be happy to talk it through.
Over to you, pick up the phone to The New Victoria and book yourself in – please!!