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What we do

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The Bristol Royal Hospital for Children is the central hospital for the South West and South Wales Congenital Heart Centre, providing a comprehensive congenital cardiology and cardiac surgical service for patients in the South West of England as well as a cardiac surgical service to South Wales. The treatment of cardiac conditions often starts with diagnosis before birth and can last through to adulthood.

Treatment before birth

The fetal cardiology service is undertaken in close collaboration with the Regional Fetal Medicine unit based at St Michael's Hospital. There is a well established Telemedicine link with the Fetal Medicine Unit in Truro and Exeter for remote fetal (and paediatric) cardiac diagnosis.

Find out more about our fetal cardiology service

Treatment for babies and children

The paediatric service is based at the Bristol Royal Hospital for Children (BRHC) with peripheral specialist clinics in Truro, Plymouth, Torbay, Exeter, Barnstaple, Taunton, Cheltenham, Gloucester, Bath and Swindon. The unit is supported by two clinical nurse specialists and a clinical psychologist.

Find out more about the paediatric cardiac service

Treatment for young people and adults

The Grown up Congenital Heart Unit - also known as the GUCH - is based in Bristol Heart Institute, near to the BRHC. The unit also holds a high-risk pregnancy clinic in the adjacent St Michael's Hospital. Satellite clinics are held in Exeter, Swindon, Truro, Barnstaple, Torbay, Taunton and Cheltenham.

Our colleagues based at the University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff, deliver an equivalent diagnostic inpatient and outpatient service in South Wales.

Find out more about our GUCH service

Further information for patients and healthcare professionals

Further information about congenital heart disease and support for those living with a defect can be found on the patient and family information pages.