Yeovil Heartbeat was set up initially as a Cardiac Support Group in 1990 and registered as a charity in 1994.
Since its inception its principle aim has been to establish and maintain a cardiac rehabilitation service that provides support for both in-patients and out-patients at Yeovil District NHS Foundation Trust Hospital. Through this service, patients who have suffered a heart attack, have had heart surgery or suffer from other heart related conditions, can undergo an individualised progressive programme of exercise and education whilst being monitored by specialist cardiac nurses and phystiotherapists using a multi-disciplinary approach.
Many people with heart problems experience a psychological barrier which they have difficulty in overcoming without support. They are encouraged to exercise but fear that this may worsen their condition or even lead to further heart problems.
The professional programme and multi-disciplinary approach which is fully supported by the Consultant Cardiologists, is designed to help individuals to return to their normal way of life as soon as possible.
Participants at every level express a boost in their self confidence obtained, not just through the programme itself, but also as a result of their participation in the forum that it provides for them to discuss and learn about their personal doubts, worries, fears and problems and the chance to meet other people who have similar concerns.
The unit staff actively encourage partners to attend sessions and (following completion of a form from their GP) allow them to join in the exercise component where capacity allows.
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Although the staffing costs of the unit are now met by the Trust, the upkeep and replacement of all equipment in the gym continues to be funded solely by Yeovil Heartbeat.
Yeovil Heartbeat is a registered charity and it is vital to the extension and continuation of the life enhancing support provided by the Cardiac Rehabilitation Unit. Therefore, Yeovil Heartbeat needs help and assistance, not just from individuals, but from organisations and companies to support our own fund-raising efforts through direct financial contributions. Forms are available from the department.
UK tax payers can also enhance their individual donations to the charity, without additional cost to themselves, by declaring their donations as "Gift Aid Donations".