Information & Advice For Arrhythmia Patients

Bournemouth Area Defibrillator (BAD) Group

What is the BAD group?

The aim of the group is to provide support, information and friendship to people and their families / friends who have an ICD. The group is run by a committee of people who have ICDs and their partners. It is also supported by the Arrhythmia Nurse Specialists from the Royal Bournemouth Hospital. For more information about the group, click here.


Meetings 2020:

Unfortunately, we have no plans for any social gatherings at present due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  However, you are welcome to join our online, private community  called “ICD life”.  This group gives you the opportunity to connect and communicate with others who have ICDs as well as providing useful information.   If this is of interest please contact the Arrhythmia Nurse Specialists (Email:  and they will send you an invitation to the group.



Hamworthy Social Club, Magna Rd (A341), Wimborne BH21 3AP. Parking is FREE and refreshments will be provided.

As the BAD group is independently funded by monies raised through donations and social activities, we ask that you contribute £2 at the meeting to cover the cost of refreshments and the venue hire. 

BAD are organising a Skittles Evening on Friday 22nd November at 6.30pm 

If you are interested in attending, please get in touch for more details. 


October 2019 Newsletter

Spring 2019 Newsletter

October 2018 Newsletter

Spring 2018 Newsletter

October 2017 Newsletter 

Spring 2017 Newsletter

Autumn 2016 newsletter

BAD Newsletter July 2016

BAD Newsletter October 2015


BAD places Defib at Ilford Golf Centre with Arrhythmia Alliance

As an extension of Arrhythmia Alliance's Defibs Save Lives campaign, the BAD group decided to use some of its funds to purchase an AED (automated external defibrillator) for the Iford Golf Centre which is currently where we hold our meetings.  This centre was chosen as it has many people who visit and, therefore, will ensure that everyone who attends has access to life saving equipment in the event of a sudden cardiac arrest.  

The BAD group does not receive any funds from the NHS.  It, therefore, relies on contributions from people attending our meetings, voluntary donations and monies raised from social events and activities.  Money raised is primarily used to pay for the hire of venues and postage of newsletters.  However, we also use our funds to support projects and resources that will benefit people with ICDs and raise awareness of Sudden Cardiac Arrest . 

The BAD group feels privileged that we have been able to make this donation.  It is hoped that in the future, the BAD group may be able to extend the level of support it offers and continue to make lifesaving investments in our local communities. 


In every organisation there must be a few rules for the guidance of its members. Ours are few and simple:

Members of the BAD group agree to:

  • Treat each other with respect to create a forum of honest communication.
  • Give people the opportunity to share their point of view with the consideration of others.
  • Respect individual confidentiality.
  • Not discuss individual medical problems at the meetings.


For more information please contact Kirsty Honer on or call 01789 867501

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