The Sussex Heart Charity A
local charity for cardiac patients
Who we are
We are a local cardiac (heart) charity based at
the Royal Sussex County Hospital, formed in 1987 to promote excellence in cardiac
care. In this time we have made a real impact on patient care in Brighton by supporting
cardiac services in many ways; perchasing and upgraiding equipment, funding research
and education, promoting emergency resuscitation in hospital and in the community
and supporting the cardiac rehabilitation services. We are funded entirely from
donations, legacies and fund-raising events.
For more information visit our website: www.sussexheartcharity.org
Sussex Cardiac Centre
Opened in June
1999, the Cardiac Centre is now in full swing, it runs a brisk program of catheter
tests and treatments offering the most modern techniques for cardiac surgery in
adults. Around 750 operations are now carried out in Brighton each year.
from all over Sussex now take part in the centres work making it a hub of expertise
and providing leading edge facilities for heart patients throughout the county.
The BHST has contributed over £1/4 million to the centres development.
The total spent on equipment
since 1987 is over £1,600,000. Much of this equipment is now computer based
and therefore will be in need of upgrading in the near future. Unfortunately the
NHS is often unable to fund this part of the service. This is an area where the
BHST will be of great benefit for patients in the future. As well as major purchases
we also purchase many small items.
Over the years we have produced several information
videos: Coronary Angiography, Pacemakers, Heart Attack Action, The Road to Health
and Cardiac Rehabilitation. We also produce booklets for patients that have suffered
a heart attack or are about to undergo cardiac surgery.
We support the heart
failure nurses here in Brighton by funding information booklets and a resource
have funded training of cardiac technicians here in Brighton. This has benefited
both staff and patients by reducing waiting times for both in-hospital and out-patients
appointments, as well as ensuring a solid staff base for the future.
the nursing staff by offering educational grants for those wishing to attend cardiac
based conferences or courses.
The cardiology research unit in Brighton has been
at the centre of research for many years carrying out vital research and audit
projects which will help improve survival and quality of life for cardiac patients
for many years to come.
We help them to do this by providing support for
equipment and by funding research staff to help on these projects.
Royal Sussex County Hospital