What We Do
HeartSWell South West is a registered charity committed to supporting heart patients, their partners and carers across the Westcountry.
The tremendous efforts of volunteers and supporters has raised well over a million and a half pounds. This has enabled us to provide equipment such as Defibrillators and TOE probes, funding for a specialist counsellors at Derriford Hospital in particular, and the Region in general.
The completion of HeartSWell Lodge in Plymouth was a major milestone in our history.
Our Timeline of Donations and Milestones.
Our Defibrillator programme commenced. The installation of fifteen AED’s to businesses, clubs and medical centres in Devon and Cornwall.
The appointment of a Arrhythmia Care Co-ordinator position at Derriford Hospital. Heartswell agreed to fund the post for three years. Carolyn Stewart and Debbie Welsh are specialists in caring for patients with heart rhythm problems and those undergoing curative procedures such as ablations, patients with implantable devices such as defibrillators and screening families with inherited cardiac conditions.
Four new Automatic ECG Arrhythmia Detection Systems were donated to the Cardiology Department at Derriford.
South West charity HeartSWell has given a life-saving gift to the cardiology team at the Royal Cornwall Hospital which has taken delivery of a hi-tech, computerised cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) machine.
Costing £10,000, the ZOLL® AutoPulse® is able to deliver life-saving CPR if the heart suddenly stops so that patients can continue to receive chest compressions whilst undergoing a scan or having an x-ray taken. In normal situations CPR is carried out manually by skilled doctors and nurses but this can’t easily be done whilst a patient is in a scanner or on having an x-ray.
DERRIFORD Hospital has taken possession of a new 3D heart scanner to aid surgeons as they treat complex and difficult heart problems.
The three-dimensional picture allows staff to see an accurate picture from inside the heart itself.
The £100,000 machine was paid for thanks to the British Heart Foundation (BHF) and local charity HeartSWell South West and the hospital said the scanner would benefit hundreds of patients across Devon and Cornwall every year.
10,000 cardiac patient information booklets printed
Nurse Training Fund used to enable 2 cardiac nurses to attend training days
Ongoing part funding of the cardiac nurse counsellor at Derriford
£64,000 donated to Derriford for the purchase of an Echo Machine and TOE probe
First Wear it RED Day on Valentines Day raised £2,500
Monica Pearce, HeartSWell’s Vice Chairman and founding member passed away aged 73
Donation of £125,000 for the purchase of a new Electrocardiography Computer System
Peter Gorton agrees to become HeartSWell’s second patron in addition to Judi Spiers
£30,000 donation to Derriford to purchase a TOE (Transoesphageal) probe and continuous blood pressure monitor
Lodge Site purchased from Plymouth City Council at a cost of £160,000
£5,000 donated to Derriford to purchase a Doppler Perfusion Monitor
£35,0000 towards an Electrical Mapping System donated to Derriford on the first anniversary of the Lodge opening
HeartSWell Lodge opened
Cardiac Surgery Centre opened
HeartSWell South West was chosen as the new name for the charity, following the enlargement of the area served by Derriford. It means HEART IS WELL in the South West
Appeal launched to finance accommodation for relatives of cardiac patients at Derriford
195,000 signature petition delivered to Downing St
House of Commons announces decision to set up a Cardiac Unit at Derriford Hospital
Plymouth & District Cardiology Fund established to promote a Cardiac Surgery Unit in the South West, to raise funds to provide specialist equipment to the South West Cardiothoracic Directorate and to provide Cardiac Counselling