Support Cardiac Risk in the Young’s screening programme

Support Cardiac Risk in the Young’s screening programme

CRY has been screening in sport since 1993.
CRY is the leading provider of screening in athletes in the UK, operating services for GB athletes, Premiership rugby (union and League), Premiership football teams, Lawn Tennis Association…. Elite athletes are referred to the CRY Centre for Sports Cardiology at St George’s when further tests are required.
CRY is a non profit organisation.
CRY aims to give all young people aged 14-35 the opportunity to have cardiac testing. Every person that CRY tests consents to having their results used for research purposes. Through supporting research we are able to publish our findings to inform best practice.
CRY operates a unique service combining both ECG & echo ultrasound.
At a CRY event you will have a resting ECG before a specialist goes through your medical questionnaire with you. If further tests are required (based on your ECG or symptoms), we will do an ultrasound on the same day.
CRY’s first public screening was in 1997.
Any person aged 14-35 in the UK can book to be screened. The majority of CRY’s public screening events are funded by CRY supporters or major grants so there is no fee for the person wanting to be tested.
A specialist doctor attends every screening.
These specialist are trained and supervised by Consultant Cardiologist Professor Sanjay Sharma, a world expert on young hearts and sports cardiology. Specialism with screening is essential whether you are an elite athlete or enjoy sport recreationally.

CRY is now reviewing how public screening events could feasibly be held with new procedures for social distancing and PPE

Whilst, CRY has now established protocols for screening with social distancing and PPE, there are still a number of factors that have to be considered before we can start to offer public events.

All of CRY’s public screening events are held in venues such as offices, schools, universities, health centres, sports venues, gyms and we appreciate many of these facilities will no longer be available or seen as suitable venues for screening and the associated increase in footfall.

There are many other factors which need to be considered when holding public screening events, but, as long as the Government guidelines permit us to take forward public screenings, the key issue is now identifying suitable venues  (i.e. venues large enough to accommodate social distancing rules, one way system, three waiting areas, separate entrance and exit, ample parking…).

Many of the screening events booked over the next 12 months may be unable to accommodate social distancing and will therefore have to be postponed, unless a more spacious venue can be found in time. However, our aim is to identify suitable facilities to enable regional screening centres to open up. As such, we would welcome being alerted to details of spacious, potentially appropriate venues close to you or to which you may have a personal or professional connection, which could be made available to CRY to help us re-establish the screening service.

While screening events are currently postponed and we are not in a position to offer any new bookings in your region, you can still register your interest by clicking here and we will email you when screening events are available again.

Due to this unprecedented and evolving situation of COVID-19, we will be reviewing the status of CRY’s screening programme on an ongoing basis.

As a team, we are doing our very best to monitor and mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on our services. In line with Government advice, the CRY office is closed but members of our staff are working from home and will be available to assist with any queries you may have, either via phone or email.

We appreciate your understanding at this time and we are sure you’ll agree that the health and wellbeing of all our supporters, staff and those who CRY strives to help on a daily basis, is our primary concern.

CRY holds ECG screening clinics for those aged 14 to 35 at a number of established locations around the UK including London.  The CRY mobile screening unit facilitates various screening events at other locations in the UK – often organised by CRY supporters.

If the screening event you would have liked to have booked into is full, CRY has a screening interest email. Complete the form, to request to be informed directly via email when another screening in your area becomes available. Click here to complete the form.

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