HeartSWell South West received a grant from the Norman Family Charitable Trust

We are very pleased to announce that the Norman Family Charitable Trust have kindly awarded us a £1,000 grant towards an incredible piece of pioneering equipment, the Transoesophageal Echocardiogram (TOE) simulator.


This is part of a wider fundraising goal for this life saving equipment. The full cost of the TOE simulator is £56,046. Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust have committed to fund 25% of this cost, therefore we need to raise further £42,000.

This equipment will improve the experience of over 1000 patients each year who undergo heart surgery in the South West. The TOE equipment will allow the teaching and training of staff in a wide range of techniques using clinical training scenarios, instead of depending on the real life cases, which cannot be planned.

The goal is to use different conditions and scenarios that can be programmed into the equipment to provide a realistic environment, this will allow the practitioners to build confidence before they perform these procedures on patients. The TOE simulator consists of echocardiography technology (a computer and small probe) linked to a mannequin.

Currently, there are only 4 TOE simulator training centres in the UK (Birmingham, Nottingham, Leicester and Cambridge), none of which are in the South West. Having an operational unit in the South West will also allow the hospital to host training sessions for medics across the South West and beyond.

Once again, we would like to thank the Norman Family Charitable Trust for awarding us with a £1000 grant towards this life saving equipment. Our work is reliant on such generosity and your support will make a significant difference to many lives.