About Wessex Heartbeat

Our ambition

Put simply Wessex Heartbeat’s driving ambition is to help achieve the very best care for people with heart conditions treated in the Wessex Cardiac Centre.

Together we make the difference

The combination of excellent clinical teams and significant investment in the Wessex Cardiac Centre have turned it into one of the foremost Cardiac Centres in the UK and internationally. Despite this, what is best today can be made better tomorrow as advances in care happen, and we learn more about what patients and their relatives want and need to have the best experience as they are treated.

This is why what Wessex Heartbeat and its supporters do is so important. The more than £13 million we’ve raised together since the Charity was set up in 1992 has put in place crucial extra improvements in the Wessex Cardiac Centre, that wouldn’t otherwise have happened, and that patients, their relatives, doctors, nurses and others consistently tell us make a real difference. These include major projects to create Heartbeat House, the children’s Ocean Ward and the Heartbeat Education Centre, as well as regular funding of leading-edge equipment, clinical education and research.

National Heart star Professor Huon Gray knows first hand how much good Wessex Heartbeat has done over its lifetime.

“As National Clinical Director for cardiovascular disease, and former Wessex Heartbeat Trustee for twenty years, I was and still am enormously grateful for everything the charity and its supporters have done to help us improve cardiac care. At the Wessex Cardiac Centre we treat more than 20,000 people with heart conditions every year including in excess of 1000 children. Helping people avoid heart disease, and treating those who have it is my passion. Having our own Charity sharing that passion is a huge bonus for our patients and their relatives; indeed for all of us”

Wessex Heartbeat has always done what it says it will do, and what it does is add tremendous value to what we are able to achieve for our patients

Tony Salmon, Consultant Cardiologist