Arguably one of the
toughest parts of going through a major heart or cardiovascular medical
procedure is the way in which your family and friends can visit you.
It’s no secret that the emotional impact of living with a heart problem is
huge, so the importance of your friends and family being there during this time
for support and love is massive.
What if you had a heart attack 100+ miles
from home? Because a heart
attack is such a sudden medical emergency, it is not uncommon for people to
suffer from one of these life threatening attacks when very far from home. If
this were to happen, you would be admitted to the nearest capable Hospital for
emergency treatment. This would obviously make family and friends being able to
visit much more difficult, and would only make matters worse than they already
This is why Wessex
Heartbeat offers families and friends of patients that are admitted to the
Wessex Cardiac Centre, free accommodation at Heartbeat House located directly
opposite the centre itself.
Heartbeat House is a
25 bedroom house, with cosy lounge areas and facilities that make the house a
home from home for everybody that stays there.
It is a quiet refuge for relatives when someone they love is
undergoing treatment in the Cardiac Centre. Only a 3 minute walk from the wards
guests can stay as long as their loved one is in hospital.
The reassurance relatives get from being able to stay in Heartbeat House cannot
Heartbeat House is
available to relatives of children; young adults and adult patients treated at
the Wessex Cardiac Centre. Our policy is not to charge for rooms. We only ask
for a £25 key deposit and gratefully accept donations from those wishing to
donate. The House is staffed Monday – Friday 9.00 am to 5.00 pm and at weekends
from 9.00 am to 12.00 noon.