Who we are About us About us About Us We are a well established local charity that helps newborns, children and adults diagnosed with congenital and cardiovascular diseases primarily by supporting the work of the Wessex Cardiac Unit based at Southampton General Hospital. This is achieved by providing specialised equipment, services and facilities to help patients and their relatives through their cardiac journey. Our charity raises funds to contribute to the prevention, rehabilitation and cure of heart diseases. We also fundraise to provide funding and facilities to train and educate healthcare professionals in the Cardiac Centre. Wessex Heartbeat's driving ambition is to ensure the very best care for people with heart conditions in the Wessex region including the Channel Islands and beyond. Together we make the difference The combination of world class 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 smoothest journey home possible. Therefore, what Wessex Heartbeat do is becoming increasingly important every day. The well over £16 million we’ve raised together with our supporters since 1992, has put in place crucial improvements in the Wessex Cardiac Centre, that wouldn’t otherwise have happened; the same improvements that patients, their relatives, doctors, nurses and many others, consistently tell us make a real difference. Help us make a difference Some of our most notable projects include the creation of Heartbeat House, the children’s Ocean Ward and the Heartbeat Education Centre. We also lead the development of the YACU (Young Adult's Cardiac Unit), as well as regular funding of leading-edge equipment, clinical education and research. We are always striving to improve every single area of cardiac care, from education and prevention to treatment and rehabilitation; there are no shortage of inspired and cutting-edge ideas that we are looking to bring to fruition.