Our Purpose

The Bournemouth Heart Club helps residents of East Dorset and West Hampshire (and surrounding areas) to recover and then maintain their health and fitness after major cardiac events and procedures. We also strive to help those who may be at risk of a cardiac event in improving and maintaining their health and fitness to prevent this from occurring.

The Heart Club is an independent charity that was founded in 1991 and since 1996 has operated from a purpose-built centre, within the grounds of the Royal Bournemouth Hospital. We pride ourselves as a centre of excellence with fully qualified staff on hand to work with our Club members.

This purpose-built centre operates within the grounds of the University Hospital Dorset, Royal Bournemouth Hospital.

From a pilot scheme of 6 patients and their partners in January 1991, the Bournemouth Heart Club helps residents of East Dorset and West Hampshire (and surrounding areas) to recover and then maintain their health and fitness after major cardiac events and procedures. We also strive to help those who may be at risk of a cardiac event in improving and maintaining their health and fitness to prevent this from occurring.

Phase 1 of the Club was built and opened in 1996, providing 12 - 2 hour sessions per week. The membership had been increasing and the need for a dedicated building was urgent.  An Appeal to raise funds was launched in 1994. With some large donations and many smaller ones from the public sector and local businesses over £650,000 was raised to build phase 1.  Since 1996 the Club’s membership increased considerably and as a result of this, an extension to the club was needed to provide the facilities to the increasing membership. Phase 2 was commissioned in early July 2000 with an official opening in November 2000.

We pride ourselves as a centre of excellence with fully qualified staff on hand to work with our Club members.