Olly Benson

@NHS curator from Monday 10 February to Friday 15 February 2020

Follow me @ollybenson

I am Head of Product for NHS Horizons

I’m also a NHS patient with a congenital heart defect


About me

My name is Olly, and I was born with a congenital heart defect.  As a child, I had various procedures, including open heart surgery at Great Ormond Street Hospital. I’m now 42 and work for the NHS, having previously been a producer at the BBC and senior manager in the charity sector. I’m married and dad to two kids.

Because of my heart condition, I have been on beta-blockers since 1999 and have had an Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD) since 2005 — which is monitored remotely via a device placed in my bedroom. I am seen regularly by the Grown Up Congenital Heart (GUCH) team at Barts Heart Centre and will likely have further surgery in the future.

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