Our most notable projects include the creation of Heartbeat House, the redevelopment of Ocean Ward, creation of the Heartbeat Education Centre and the development of 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.
Brief History of Wessex Heartbeat
Charity was launched October 1992 with Any "Tom Dick or Harriet" campaign.
Any Tom, Dick or Harriet was the slogan used when the Daily Echo helped launch the Wessex Heartbeat Appeal on 5th October 1992, the target was £3 million to help step up the assault at the time to Britain’s single biggest killer, heart disease.
The original shopping list was:
A new catheter laboratory at £500,000
Three cardiac echo machines at £450,000
An electrophysiological (EPS) system at £200,00
Other equipment at £850,000
Research fellows at £500,000
Accommodation for relatives at £500,000
The shopping list was achieved and a further £4 million was raised in the first 10 years of the charity.
A house was purchased opposite the hospital to provide accommodation for families.
Rotary Clubs in the region raised £220,000 to purchase 152/4 Tremona Road, which was then redeveloped into a 13 bedded House, local Inner Wheel Clubs helped with the furnishings.
The house was named Rotary Heartbeat House and was officially opened by Rory Bremner.
Heartbeat Suite a State-of-the-Art conference facility within the Cardiac Centre with links to the Cath Labs and Cardiac Theatres, at the time it was one of the finest cardiac training facilities in the UK boosting the use of video technology to link up with other Cardiac Centre’s around the globe so that clinicians could share best practice. It was opened officially by Roger Black. (This was prior to the Heartbeat Education Centre in 2006/7).
Ocean Ward E1 (Paediatric Ward) was redeveloped at the cost of £1.1 million, which cares for babies and young children with dedicated Children’s Cardiac Nurse Specialists to support children going through their cardiac journey.
Ocean Ward was opened by the Earl and Countess of Wessex.
150 Tremona Road was purchased for £160,000 and demolished for redevelopment.
148 Tremona Road was purchased for £160,000 and demolished for redevelopment.
£1 million extension was built to Heartbeat House creating a 25 bedded facility which previously was 13 beds. This included an annex for families with children and a charity office.
Heartbeat House was officially opened in 2006 by the Countess of Wessex.
£2.3 million was raised to create Heartbeat Education Centre on the new North wing cardiac unit expansion this created a State-of-the-Art Education Centre, with several meeting rooms, a clinical skills room and a Lecture Theatre seating 120 people with links to Cardiac Theatres and Catheter Laboratories within the Cardiac Unit and also providing global video links with a much larger capacity for teaching than the previous Heartbeat Suite.
Heartbeat Education Centre officially opened by the Countess of Wessex.
£800,000 was raised with the HIGH 5 appeal to create YACU (Young Adult Cardiac Unit) a new cardiac unit established specifically for the benefit of young adults, an environment tailored to young people aged 16-30 years.
YACU was officially opened by the Countess of Wessex in January 2015.
Worked in partnership with LifeLab, to fund 3 staff positions for £208,412 on a preventative programme, targeting children and young people through scientific discovery to make positive lifestyle choices for their physical and mental wellbeing and resilience, now and in the future and for their future children, to reduce the risk factors for later cardiovascular disease.