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Adult congenital heart disease

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The adult congenital heart service is an integral part of the lifespan service in the South West and South Wales Congenital Heart Centre, which includes fetal and paediatric cardiology, and we have close links with our paediatric cardiology colleagues.

Due to the success of paediatric heart surgery, around 90% of children survive into adulthood and there are now more adults than children in the UK living with congenital heart disease. This area of cardiology is therefore growing rapidly as a sub-specialisation for both cardiologists and cardiac surgeons.

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The Bristol Heart Institute (BHI) is the hub for the regional adult congenital heart service for the South West and South Wales.  All invasive cardiology and cardiac surgery for congenital heart disease is undertaken here with some outpatient clinical care provided in partnership with district hospitals in the region.

Our team consists of five cardiologists, three cardiac surgeons, two registrars, two cardiac radiologists and three specialist nurses.

We provide medical advice can be obtained from the Consultant on call via the BRI Switchboard- 0117 923 0000 - a 24/7 consultant-led service for inpatients.

We carry out many outreach clinic days per year in Barnstaple, Torbay, Exeter, Swindon, Cheltenham, Truro and Taunton.

Patient leafets

Please see here for patient information leaflets and resources.


Transferring to adult congenital heart disease services?

Making the switch from children to adult services may feel a bit daunting at first. To help answer some of your questions, we have created this video tour of the BHI to give you and your family an idea of what to expect when you come to the Bristol Heart Institute for treatment. 


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