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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.


We are delighted with the success of our Defibrillator programme.

The life saving equipment has been provided to over forty premises in Devon and Cornwall so far.  This includes thirty-one which have been installed in the community this year.   The following recipients of defibrillators have expressed their continued support for HeartSWell through different fundraising events in 2016:

Montpeillier Primary School, The Fawn Mutley Plain, Ivybridge Rugby Club, Calor Gas Lee Mill, Murray Volkswagen Newton Abbott, Bush Medical, Watermark Lions Club, Park Run Plymouth, Gunnislake Hall Calstock, Tavistock Athletics, Boringdon School, Tavistock Bowling Club, Staddon Heights Golf Club, Moorhaven Village, Plymouth City Bus, The Queens Albaston, Bovey Tracey, CSA Plymouth, St Marys Church Plymstock, St Peters School Lympstone and Lodges at: Okehampton, St Maurice, Topsham, Tiverton, Cothele, Benevolence, Tor Hill, Vale of Culm & Davie Hall North Hill, Liskeard County Council, Elburton School.



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

Our Corporate Partners.