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Heart health

Southampton is one of the largest and most reputable cardiac centres in the UK.

The centre serves a population of around 2.8 million, and is mainly based in the £60million state-of-the-art North Wing at University Hospital Southampton. Opened in 2007, it includes cutting edge catheter labs, a specialist cardiac intensive care unit and a dedicated cardiac MRI scanner. 

Our cardiovascular and thoracic service diagnoses and treats conditions affecting organs inside the chest (the thorax), mainly the lungs and heart, and the major blood vessels that affect circulation.
The range of services available include cardiac surgery and thoracic surgery, cardiac rhythm management (which focuses on heart rhythm disorders), congenital cardiac service (which treats disorders that can affect the heart or major blood vessels) and transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI). We also provide vascular services focusing on disorders of the blood vessels.
The Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (CICU) looks after people who are seriously ill with heart or lung problems. The CICU looks after people who are seriously ill with heart or lung problems. It normally takes patients who have just come out from the operating theatre – up to eight a day.

To make a donation to support our heart health care services, please call the fundraising team on 023 8120 8881, or alternatively you can make an online donation below, please reference the ward or department you wish you donation to benefit. Thank you.


Meet Georgina Etheridge...

Two years ago Georgina Etheridge was diagnosed with Atrial Septal Defects and Atrioventricular Septal Defects. “I was promptly referred to University Hospital Southampton for open heart surgery to repair this condition which had remained undetected for 26 years.” 

“My story is not extraordinary or unique but the care I received at the cardiac unit certainly was.” 

“I am running the 2017 Great South Run for the Cacrdiac Intensive Care Unit nurse who shared her lunch with me because I came round at 1am and the kitchens were closed; I'm running for the Cardiac High Dependency Unit nurse who smiled when I threw up on her shoes at the beginning of her 13 hour shift; I'm running for the physiotherapy team who got me up and walking when all I wanted to do was watch Four in a Bed; I'm running for my consultant whose bedside manner never wavered even when I was the most stubborn patient ever; I'm running for the technicians without whom my defects would never have been detected; and, of course, I'm running for my surgeon, Mr Viola and the surgical team who stopped my heart and fixed it so I am able to do this run. I can never thank the team enough but with your help I may be able to give a little back.