More than 1,000 worshippers at the Shah Jahan Mosque in Woking for Friday prayers were offered the option of a free NHS heart health check using hand portable mobile ECG machines - and one result may prove to be a lifesaver.

Dr Farhan Syed, a GP at Woking’s Bedser Hub, led the team of health professionals carrying out the checks. He said: “In Surrey Heartlands almost 5,500 people in the expected Atrial Fibrillation (AF) population are ’missing’ and our mission is to find them before a stroke happens to them.

“We checked more than 50 people at the mosque today and one of them showed a result that means they could be an AF patient. He is already scheduled to come for further tests at the Bedser Hub.”

Surrey Heartlands is a key member of the Kent Surrey and Sussex Academic Health Science Network (KSS AHSN) Alliance for Atrial Fibrillation. The Alliance is proactively searching in Surrey Heartlands for more than 5,400 undiagnosed people not yet in the known AF population who are living with a potentially life threatening condition. The project objective is to increase the timely identification, review and the rate at which appropriate anticoagulation treatment is offered to patients with AF to reduce the number of AF-related strokes and improve patient outcomes.

Mobile ECGs have been demonstrated as an effective, low cost solution for identifying new AF and reducing the risk of AF-related strokes. The beauty of these devices is that they are quick and easy to use. Requiring no specialist equipment or training, they provide a direct result that can easily be shared with GPs.