Countess of Wessex to open new HIGH 5 Appeal ward for young heart patients

Wessex HeartbeatWessex Heartbeat’s Royal Patron, HRH the Countess of Wessex, will officially open the new young adult cardiac unit at Southampton General Hospital on Wednesday (28 January).

The Royal guest will be greeted by mayor of Southampton Cllr Sue Blatchford, Wessex Heartbeat chief executive Alison Farrell, University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust chief executive Fiona Dalton and chairman John Trewby.

During her visit the Countess will meet young cardiac patients, clinical staff, charity trustees and corporate and community supporters of the HIGH 5 Appeal before unveiling a commemorative plaque in the charity’s education centre.

Wessex Heartbeat’s HIGH 5 Appeal raised £500,000 to create a specially designed unit for young people with lifelong heart conditions.

It is a unique model of care for the UK, with child and young adult cardiac services co-located with adult cardiac services to offer patients unrivalled continuity of care in one of the country’s best-performing cardiac centres.

Ms Farrell said: “The HIGH 5 Appeal has enabled us to achieve something truly unique in children's and adult cardiac care in the UK and we are delighted HRH – our patron – will be with us to officially mark this very special moment.”

The charity, which was established in 1992, has raised more than £13 million to help improve cardiac care in Southampton and provide support for patients and their families.

Posted on Tuesday 27 January 2015