Today, there are increasing numbers of adults with congenital heart defects (CHD).

And, the number of patients with complex defects is increasing, with 10% of the adult CHD population now falling within the complex group.

As such, it is vital that these patients get access to expert care and advice throughout their lives.

However, still too many patients are being treated in places where there is not a deep enough understanding of CHD medicine.

According to NHS England, CHD patients require regular monitoring, and an adult with CHD might need a variety of treatment and medications including transcatheter intervention, cardiac surgery, invasive electrophysiology and pacing procedures, advanced heart failure management, palliative care and transplantation.

As such, the majority of CHD patients require ongoing follow up and treatment. And, it is vital that all adults with congenital heart defects, whatever the level of complexity, are seen by an expert from a specialist centre at least once.

Click to see which hospitals in England are recognised by The Somerville Foundation for the specialist treatment of CHD patients.

Level 1 Centres:

Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital

GUCH/ACHD Nurse Specialist: Linda Griffiths; Jane Hill; Anna Dinsdale; Anna Harrison

GUCH/ACHD Nurse Specialist Tel: 0161 276 7959

GUCH/ACHD Cardiologists: Dr Jaspal Dua; Dr Petra Jenkins; Dr Heiko Scheider; Dr Ashish Shah; Prof Bernard Clarke | Surgeon: Mr Andreas Hostitzky;

Freeman Hospital

Freeman Road, Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear, NE7 7DN

Tel: 0191 233 6161

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GUCH/ACHD Nurse Specialist: Hayley Cusack (Email: Lorna Carruthers (Email:

GUCH/ACHD Nurse Specialist Tel: Hayley Cusack: 01912 448990 | Lorna Carruthers: 01912 448139 | Cardiologists: 01912 336161

GUCH/ACHD Cardiologists: Dr Katrijn Jansen; Dr Louise Coats; Dr John O’Sullivan; Dr David Crossland; Dr Neil Seller

Leeds General Infirmary

Great George Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 3EX

Tel: 0113 392 8184

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GUCH/ACHD Nurse Specialist: Jo Quirk; Emma Pick

GUCH/ACHD Nurse Specialist Tel: 0113 392 8154

GUCH/ACHD Cardiologists: Dr Kate English; Dr John Thomson; Dr James Oliver

Leicester: East Midlands Congenital Heart Centre

Glenfield Hospital, Groby Road, Leicester, Leicestershire, LE3 9QP

Tel: 0300 303 1573

Birmingham: Queen Elizabeth II Hospital

Metchley Drive, Edgbaston, Birmingham, West Midlands, B15 2TH

Tel: 0121 371 2000

Barts Heart Centre (prev at The Heart Hospital)

St Bartholomew’s Hospital, West Smithfield, London, EC1A 7BE

Tel: 0203 765 8608

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GUCH/ACHD Nurse Specialist: CNS Help-line – 020 3765 8608 (0900-1700 Mon-Fri). Urgent admitted patient queries – 07776181469. Email –

GUCH/ACHD Nurse Specialist Tel: Out of hours (1700-0900 Mon – Fri) & weekends Contact Barts switchboard – 020 3416 5000 Ask for general cardiology SPR on-call – Detail the problem, provide callback contact info and give your NHS number Cardiology SPR will contact GUCH consultant On-call

GUCH/ACHD Cardiologists: Hiedi Bohay: Dr Fiona Walker / Dr Kate Von Klemperer / Prof. John Deanfield – 020 3765 8754. Brooke Care: Dr Shay Cullen / Dr Vivienne Ezzat – 020 3765 8899. Katherine Taylor: Dr Bejal Pandya / Dr Amit Bhan – 020 3765 8765. Jennifer Piper – 020 3765 8761.

Royal Brompton Hospital

Sydney Street, London, SW3 6NP

Tel: 020 7352 8121

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GUCH/ACHD Nurse Specialist: Ella McDonnell; Clare Finlay; Suzanne Rowsell (Paul Wood ward nurse manager); Lynda Shaughnessy (ACHD Transition); Virginia Castro Miera Pires (ACHD Transition); Loredana Haidu (ACHD Transition); Carl Harries (Pulmonary Hypertension)

GUCH/ACHD Nurse Specialist Tel: Contact Switchboard: 020 7352 8121 for urgent enquiries re Cardiologists – ask for the on call ACHD or adult cardiology registrar. To contact via email:

GUCH/ACHD Cardiologists: Dr Lorna Swan, Prof. Michael Gatzoulis, Dr Anselm Uebing, Dr Konstantinos Dimopoulos, Dr Raphael Alonso-Gonzalez, Dr Sonya Babu-Narayan, Dr Aleksander Kempny; Dr Wei Li, Dr Sabine Ernst, Dr Tom Wong, Dr John Wort, Dr Laura Price; Dr Colm McCabe

St Thomas’ Hospital

Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, 6th Floor East Wing, Westminster Bridge Road, London, SE1 7EH

Tel: 0207 1889 712

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GUCH/ACHD Nurse Specialist: Alex Corless (Pulmonary Hypertension & Atrial Fibrilation) , Hajar Habibi (Transition), Heather West (pregnancy), Rachel Witts (Special and Additional needs in ACHD, Pulmonary Hypertension); Email:

GUCH/ACHD Nurse Specialist Tel: ACHD Secretary: Sylvia Kahl | Tel: 020 7188 1090 | Secretary email: | Out of hours: Routine queries – Answerphone in operation, please leave a message with your contact details. Urgent queries – On call cardiology registrar telephone

GUCH/ACHD Cardiologists: GUCH Cardiologists:Dr Natali Chung; Dr Cathy Head; Prof Shakeel Qureshi; Dr Alessandra Frigiola; Dr Yaso Emmanuel; Dr Harith Alam; Prof Eric Rosenthal | ACHD Surgeons: Prof. David Anderson, Mr Conal Austin, Mr Caner Salih

Bristol: Bristol Heart Institute

Bristol Royal Infirmary, Bristol, BS2 8HW

Tel: 0117 923 0000

Southampton: University Hospital Southampton

NHS Foundation Trust, Cardiothoracic department, Tremona Road, Southampton, Hampshire, SO16 6YD

Tel: 02380 777222

Glasgow: Scottish Adult Congenital Cardiac Service, Golden Jubilee National Hospital, Agamemnon Street, Clydebank, West Dunbartonshire, G81 4HX

Level 2 Centre:

Manchester Heart Centre

Manchester Royal Infirmary, Oxford Road, Manchester, M13 9WL

Tel: 0161 276 5672

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GUCH/ACHD Nurse Specialist: Linda Griffiths; Jane Hill; Anna Dinsdale; Anna Harrison

GUCH/ACHD Nurse Specialist Tel: 0161 276 7959

GUCH/ACHD Cardiologists: Dr Jaspal Dua; Dr Petra Jenkins; Dr Heiko Scheider; Dr Ashish Shah; Prof Bernard Clarke | Surgeon: Mr Andreas Hostitzky;

Norwich: Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital, Colney Lane, Norwich, Norfolk, NR4 7UY

Cardiology Outpatients Level 3 East Block,

Tel: 01603 286259

Cardiff: University Hospital of Wales (UHW)

Heath Park, Cardiff, Wales, CF14 4XW

Tel: 029 2074 7747

Belfast: Royal Victoria Hospital

Grosvenor Road, Belfast, Antrim, BT12 6BA

Tel: 02890 240503

Oxford: John Radcliffe Hospital

Headley Way, Headington, Oxford, Oxfordshire, OX3 9DU

Tel: 01865 740412



The UK’s first congenital heart research centre

The Somerville Foundation has always worked hard to improve the lives of people who were born with a heart condition. However much more needs to be done; especially when it comes to research.

That’s why, with your help, The Somerville Foundation opened the UK’s first dedicated congenital heart research centre.

The first ever dedicated congenital heart research centre in the UK, and part of only a handful worldwide; this state-of-the-art facility is run in partnership with The Somerville Foundation and The University of Suffolk.

Combining the University’s expertise in cardiovascular science, exercise physiology, and psychology, and our expertise in supporting people with CHD, the centre focuses on finding more effective ways to treat and support CHD patients.

But more still needs to be done.

Today, too many congenital heart defect patients are dying prematurely and living restricted, and in some cases, unhappy lives. We are a long way from having all the answers.

So, please make a donation today and help us carry on our valuable work.

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Do you think it’s unfair that CHD patients have to pay for prescriptions? Do you think that there should be a much greater emphasis on congenital heart research and better awareness of the defect? Do you wish that your GP, employer and the government understood the condition and challenges better?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, join the thousands already raising awareness of congenital heart defects and fighting for patients’ rights.



How can you help us?


With your help, we’ve helped fund new and improved treatments for congenital heart disease. we opened the UK’s first dedicated Congenital Heart Research Centre. we’ve organised receptions at the House of Lords and House of Commons, a film première, concerts, parachute jumps, marathon runs, annual sponsored walks and masquerade balls. we ensure that adult CHD patients enjoy access to every opportunity, are free from discrimination, and are fully supported throughout their lives. we’ve staged annual conferences, regional patient information days and workshops throughout the UK. we’ve published a range of leaflets for CHD patients on a wide-range of topics. we’ve launched a Freephone patient helpline to provide practical advice, a listening ear, and emotional reassurance at times of stress. we’ve created online networks where congenital heart patients can connect with each other. we successfully applied for a Comic Relief grant to help develop mental health support services. we’ve contributed to adult congenital heart disease nurse training days and taken part in various study days and conferences for medical and health professionals. we’ve established a benevolent fund for members who are in financial hardship. we’ve organised residential weekends and outward bound holidays for teenagers and adults, providing congenital heart patients with the opportunity to meet and gain support from each other.

Just think what else we could do if you donate, fundraise or volunteer for us.


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