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About us

The treatment of cardiac conditions often starts with diagnosis before birth - and some of the children we see will continue to need regular care into adulthood. We have worked hard to ensure that we make the most of the excellent cardiac network that exists at University Hospitals Bristol, so that care here lasts a lifetime.About

Our consultant paediatric cardiologists provide foetal diagnosis in Bristol and across the South West. They travel to clinics throughout the region and use a high-definition telemedicine system to consult referring doctors in their local hospitals. We also work with the congenital cardiologists in Cardiff, who refer any cases requiring surgery or intervention to Bristol.

Mothers whose unborn babies have been diagnosed with urgent needs are referred to St Michael's Hospital, next door to the children's hospital in Bristol, where our cardiologists provide a foetal cardiology service.

If a child needs to come into the unit for treatment or an operation, he or she will receive 24 hour care in our Paediatric Cardiac Ward or Paediatric Intensive Care Unit. If intensive care is needed, our specialist round-the-clock retrieval service will travel anywhere in the South West or South Wales to collect a child.

The interventions offered by our cardiology and surgical teams are comprehensive. Our successful introduction of hypoplastic surgery last year - one of the most complex procedures in paediatric cardiac surgery - and our trans-catheter valves implantation programme show our determination to keep raising standards. These interventions, like much of our work, are constantly informed by our close links with Trust colleagues in institutions like the Bristol Heart Institute.

Care continues beyond our wards, through our outreach services and clinics. As some patients return for further treatment later in life, we also help with transition from being a patient at a children's hospital to living with heart disease as an adult. A complex network of specialists support every patient on their pathway to better heart health.

We know that families with a child receiving treatment for a heart condition can go through terrible emotional and psychological strain. They face practical difficulties too - the costs and organisational difficulties of travel, accommodation, and time. We aim to alleviate both as far as we can - through counselling, advice, and practical support. Our cardiac liaison nurses meet families at the earliest stage of diagnosis and are available throughout treatment, as the 'patient's advocate'.