Congenital heart disease

Congenital heart disease is usually, but not always, discovered in early childhood. It is a general name for a number of conditions that are already present at birth.

Our paediatric cardiac service care for babies and children with heart disease, fully supported by advanced diagnostics, catheter and electrophysiology laboratories, operating theatres and a paediatric intensive care unit (PICU).

The most common conditions we treat are:

  • Ventricular septal defect (VSD)
  • Atrial septal defect (ASD)
  • Patent ductus arteiosus
  • Aortic stenosis
  • Pulmonic stenosis
  • Coarctation of the aorta
  • Fallots tetralogy
  • Transposition of the great arteries

Experienced cardiac nurses and consultants involve parents from admission helping you to fully understand, adapt and confidently take part in your child’s progress and healthcare.

Each family has access to fully trained nursing staff always on hand, to assist in supporting you to care for your child. Daily contact with the cardiologist and associated specialists ensures the whole family is well informed and that your stay in hospital lasts no longer than necessary. We provide a robust system of follow-up and when you’re back at home.

A special Cardiac Passport is given to each family and acts as a diary to help you keep track of your appointments, telephone calls, treatments and visits so that there is continuity of care, whether you are in the UK or abroad.

We are currently developing – in conjunction with The Somerville Foundation (a charity that supports young people and adults born with a heart condition) – a special App to support patients throughout their lives. This will be known as a MiHeart and your nurse will explain this to you.