Work begins to transform Wessex Heartbeat's cardiac unit at Southampton General Hospital

UHS Foundation Trust chief executive Fiona Dalton swings the sledgehammer as work gets under way on the new cardiac unit.

UHS Foundation Trust chief executive Fiona Dalton swings the sledgehammer as work gets under way on the new cardiac unit.

First published in News Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

IT WAS the moment they had all been waiting for.

Wessex Heartbeat has spent two years raising money and support to make their dream of a new young adult cardiac unit at Southampton General Hospital a reality.

Having joined forces with the Daily Echo, the charity’s mammoth mission of raising £500,000 was completed earlier this year thanks to the support of thousands.

And now the charity has swapped collection tins for sledgehammers and hard hats as work began on the ward, which will transform the hospital experience for thousands of 16 to 30-year-old cardiac patients when it opens in November.

It will be the first of its kind in the UK, as it is among the hospital’s other cardiac units, so that the same staff can stay with patients as they get older, providing them with continuity of care.

It will have a communal room with exercise machines, TVs and games consoles, a kitchen so that patients can make their own food and drinks, and 17 beds in individual rooms with en suite bathrooms and in |larger wards.

Alison Farrell, Wessex Heartbeat’s chief executive, said: “It’s awesome because the young adult cardiac unit has been wanted for so many years and finally we can see that it’s actually happening.

“We know how much that means to patients and that makes you feel really good about everybody who has supported the appeal and all of us that have worked hard to make it happen.

“This would not have happened without the support of the Daily Echo, who have helped us to raise awareness and helped us to raise the money we have desperately needed.

“There will be nowhere else in the country where you have children, young adults and adult cardiac services co-located to provide more continuity of care for congenital patients. They will see the same staff which is hugely important.”

But work has not finished for the charity.

They are still raising money to fill the ward with equipment and they are appealing to businesses who can provide items including a microwave, a TV, a good quality exercise bike, games consoles and CD and MP3 players.They are also looking to set up support groups who can fundraise throughout the year to keep the unit going.

l For more information or to donate, call 023 8070 |6095 or email .

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10:09am Sun 31 Aug 14

Zexagon says...

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No safety boots? Tut tut tut tut Zexagon
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8:38pm Sun 31 Aug 14

maza79 says...

Zexagon wrote:
No safety boots? Tut tut tut tut
Naaah don't need them, all have life saving googles. ridiculous
[quote][p][bold]Zexagon[/bold] wrote: No safety boots? Tut tut tut tut[/p][/quote]Naaah don't need them, all have life saving googles. ridiculous maza79
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9:04pm Sun 31 Aug 14

Zexagon says...

maza79 wrote:
Zexagon wrote:
No safety boots? Tut tut tut tut
Naaah don't need them, all have life saving googles. ridiculous
Yeah does make you laugh.
[quote][p][bold]maza79[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Zexagon[/bold] wrote: No safety boots? Tut tut tut tut[/p][/quote]Naaah don't need them, all have life saving googles. ridiculous[/p][/quote]Yeah does make you laugh. Zexagon
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