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.


Please note – This is an active list and so is being updated regularly.

(Medical professionals please feel free to contact us if information from your hospital is incorrect)

Level One Centres

Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital

Thomas Drive, Liverpool L14 3PE

Tel: 0151 600 1616

The Level 1 ACHD service in the North West is managed by a group of hospitals called the Liverpool Partnership. This includes the Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital, the Royal Liverpool Hospital and the Liverpool Women’s Hospital.

North West ACHD Advice Line: 0151 254 3333 Monday to Friday 8am–6pm (answerphone service)

ACHD Nurse Specialists: Linda Griffiths; Anna Harrison; Sharon Hughes; Lorraine English; Julie Ollerhead

ACHD Cardiologists: Dr Jaspal Dua; Dr Petra Jenkins; Dr Rea Ashrafi; Dr Vasileios Papaioannou

Consultant ACHD cardiologist + clinical lead for the network: Dr Damien Cullington

CHD Surgeons: Mr Rafael Guerrero; Mr Attilio Lotto; Mr Ram Dhannapuneni

CHD Interventional Cardiologists: Dr Arjamand Shauq; Dr Gemma Penford; Dr Atul Kalantre; Dr Suneil Aggarwal

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Freeman Hospital

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

Tel: 0191 233 6161

ACHD Nurse Specialists: Lorna Carruthers 0191 244 8139 | Eliza Lunec 0191 2448990 |  Debra McParlin (Fontan Nurse Specialist) 0191 213 9239

Calls answered Monday–Friday, 8am–4pm

Answer machine with voicemail in operation 24/7: 0191 213 7425

ACHD Nurse Specialists Team Email:

ACHD Consultant Cardiologists: Dr Katrijn Jansen; Dr Louise Coats; Dr John O’Sullivan; Dr David Crossland; Dr Neil Seller; Dr Tony Hermuzi

Consultants available via hospital switchboard: 0191 233 6161

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Leeds General Infirmary

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

Tel: 0113 2432799

ACHD Nurse Specialists: Jo Birkett; Angela Leeper; Hannah Swift

ACHD Nurse Specialist Tel: 0113 392 8154

ACHD Nurse Specialist Email: 

Working hours are Monday to Friday, 8am–4pm, with answerphone.

Adult Children’s Congenital Heart Physiotherapy Specialist: Sarah Hibbert

ACHD Cardiologists: Dr Kate English, Dr James Oliver, Dr Helen Parry (Secretary tel: 0113 392 5748); Dr Hamish Walker, Dr Vitor Ramos (Secretary tel: 0113 392 5458)

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Leicester: East Midlands Congenital Heart Centre

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

Tel: 0300 303 1573

Children’s Congenital Heart Physiotherapy Specialist: Gemma Peabody

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Birmingham: Queen Elizabeth II Hospital

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

Tel: 0121 371 2000

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Barts Heart Centre (prev at The Heart Hospital)

St. Bartholomews Hospital, West Smithfield, London EC1A 7BE

Tel: 0207 377 7000

ACHD Nurse Specialist Helpline: 0203 765 8608 (Monday–Friday 09:00–17:00). Please leave a message and you will be called back within 24 hours (during office hours).

Patient helpline– 02037658608

Mobile contact (for urgent referrals and/or admitted patients) – 07776181469

ACHD Nurse Specialists: Anna Dinsdale; Sandra Ladkin; Carolina Heath; Ornella Pih; Rebecca Mercaldi; Charlotte Webber; Eithne Morris; Daniel Lemon; Sarah Wilkinson



ACHD Nurse Specialist Tel: Out of hours emergency only (Monday–Friday after 17:00 and weekends). Contact Barts switchboard – 0207 377 7000 Ask for General Cardiology SPR on-call – detail the problem, provide callback contact information and give your NHS number. A Cardiology SPR will contact the GUCH consultant on-call.

ACHD Cardiologists: Dr Fiona Walker 0203 765 8754; Dr Carla Canniffe/Dr Vivienne Ezzat/Dr Amit Bhan 0203 765 8755; Dr Vicky Kelly/Dr Fran Lassman/Registrars; Dr Seamus Cullen/Dr Kate von Klemperer 0203 765 8899; Dr Bejal Pandya 0203 765 8765

Diagnostic Testing (Echocardiograms, Exercise Tests, Holter Monitors)/Follow-up appointments 0203 765 8761

Clinic reception: 0203 465 7143

MDT Co-ordinator/Prof Victor Tsang/Mr Ben Davies 0203 765 8661

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Royal Brompton Hospital

Sydney Street, London, SW3 6NP

Tel: 020 7352 8121

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)

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:

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

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Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital

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

ACHD CNS Advice Line: 020 7188 9712

Available from Monday to Friday, 08.30 to 18:00. Messages checked at 09.00, 13.00, 17.00 (in the absence of administrator/CNS). Urgent calls returned the same day; non-urgent calls returned within 48 hours.

For out of hours emergency, patients are advised to call 999 or go to their local A&E.

ACHD Nurse Specialists: Nathalie Picaut  (Lead ACHD CNS & ACHD Network lead nurse, Fontan), Alex Corless (Pulmonary Hypertension) , Hajar Habibi (Transition), Josephine Guzman (pregnancy), Pauline Velasco (Fontan)


ACHD Secretary Details: Tel: 0207 188 1090, email: – Out of hours: Routine queries – Answerphone in operation, please leave a message with your contact details. Urgent queries – On call cardiology registrar telephone.

ACHD Cardiologists: Dr Natali Chung; Dr Cathy Head; Prof. Shakeel Qureshi; Dr Alessandra Frigiola; Dr Yaso Emmanuel; Dr Harith Alam; Prof. Eric Rosenthal; Gianfranco Butera, Dr Matt Jones

ACHD Surgeons: Prof. David Anderson; Mr Conal Austin; Mr Caner Salih; Mr Simone Speggiorin

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Bristol: Bristol Heart Institute

Bristol Royal Infirmary, Bristol, BS2 8HW

Tel: 0117 923 0000

Consultants: Dr R Bedair (Clinical Lead); Dr S Curtis; Dr M Turner; Dr Joanna Luszczak; Dr G Stuart (semi-retired)

Surgeons: Mr A Parry; Mr S Stoica; Mr M Caputo

Psychology: Dr Michelle O’Keefe

Team secretary: 0117 342 6571 / 6557 / 6550

ACHD Specialist Nurses Advice Line: 0117 342 6599

Specialist Nurses: 

Caryl Evans –
Marta Cunha –
Lisa Winfield –
Hannah Williams –

Specialist Nurses shared email:

Lead Nurse for Congenital Heart Disease: Sheena Vernon Tel: 0117 342 8871

Cardiology Outpatient Appointments: 0117 342 6502

Cardiology Waiting List: 0117 342 6557

Cardiac Surgery Waiting List: 0117 342 6558 / 6559

View Bristol Heart Institute website

View Congenital Heart Disease Network South Wales and South West website

Southampton: University Hospital Southampton

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

Tel: 02380 777222

ACHD Consultant Cardiologists: Dr Tony Salmon, Dr Aisling Carroll, Dr Lindsay Smith, Dr Samantha Fitzsimmons

ACHD Nurse Specialists: Lynda Tellett, Melanie Finch, Jane Lewis – Advice Line: 0238 120 4739

ACHD Specialist Nurse Email:

Pulmonary Hypertension (PHT) Nurse Specialist: Melanie Finch – Advice Line: 0238 120 4739

Adult Congenital Heart Physiotherapy Specialist: Louisa Nielsen – 07917517480

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Level 2 service at Brighton and Sussex University Hospital
Hospital Address: Cardiac Department, Barry Building, Grd Floor Eastern Road, Brighton, BN2 5BE
ACHD consultants – Dr Vicky Parish and Dr Rachael James
ACHD nurse – Joanne Jessup
Tel: 07557 824209

Glasgow: Scottish Adult Congenital Cardiac Service,

Golden Jubilee National Hospital, Agamemnon Street, Clydebank, West Dunbartonshire G81 4DY

Tel: 0141 951 5000


Glasgow ACHD senior nurse specialists: Maggie Simpson; Sandra Jansz; Gemma Brown; Elaine Muirhead; Jim Mearns

Clinical Nurse Specialists Tel: 07795 953 070

Mobile:  07795953070


Consultant Cardiologists: Dr Niki Walker; Dr Ines Uribe-Morales

Consultant Cardiac Surgeons: Mr Kenneth MacArthur; Mr Mark Danton; Mr Andrew McLean; Mr Ed Peng

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Level Two Centres

Belfast: Royal Victoria Hospital

Grosvenor Road, Belfast, Antrim, BT12 6BA

Tel: 02890 240503

Cardiff: University Hospital of Wales (UHW)

Heath Park, Cardiff, Wales, CF14 4XW

Tel: 029 2074 7747

Lead ACHD Consultant Cardiologist: Dr G Szantho

Consultant Cardiologists: Dr D Wilson; Dr N Masani; Dr H Wallis

Service Co-ordinator: Elizabeth Corris 02920 743892

Clinical Nurse Specialists: Bethan Shiers and Sarah Finch 02920 744580 /

Transition Nurse Specialist: Ann Jermyn 02920 748046

Lead Physiologist: Sam Bowen 02920 744551

Cardiac Obstetric Team: Dr H Wallis and Dr Claire Francis 02920 745196

Peripheral Cardiology Support

Dr H Wallis (Abertawe Bro Morgannwg & Hywel Dda)  01639 862049

Dr C Williams (Cwm Taf) 01443 443 642

Dr P Campbell (Aneurin Bevan)  01495 765 055

View Cardiff UHW website

View Congenital Heart Disease Network South Wales and South West website

Manchester Heart Centre

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

Tel: 0161 276 5672

North West ACHD Advice Line: 0151 254 3333

ACHD Nurse Specialists: Kate Shammas; Sophie Howard; Kim Laurie

ACHD Cardiologists: Dr Jaspal Dua; Dr Petra Jenkins; Professor Bernard Clarke 

Consultant ACHD Cardiologist: Dr Vasileios Papaioannou

Consultant ACHD cardiologist + clinical lead for the network: Dr Damien Cullington

Clinical nurse specialist: Laura Jole

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Norwich: Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital

Cardiology Department Level 3 East Block, Norfolk and Norwich University NHS trust, Colney Lane, Norwich, Norfolk, NR4 7UY

Tel: 01603 286259

ACHD Nurse Specialists: Toni Hardiman; Beth Wilson; Rachel Ball

ACHD Cardiologists: Dr Leisa Freeman; Dr Catherine Head

Helpline: 01603 287292 (answer phone Mon-Fri 8:00-16:30)


Fax: 01603 287494

Evenings and weekends only: If urgent advice is needed please contact the Cardiology coordinator on 01603 286286, bleep 0099

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Royal Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Papworth Road | Cambridge Biomedical Campus | Cambridge | CB2 0AY | 01223 638000

Switchboard: 01223 638000

The CSN’s number is 01223 638007

CSN bleep 117

Dr Clive Lewis: 01223 639785

Appointment line:  01223 638229



Dr Marina Hughes (Consultant Congenital Cardiologist with special interest in imaging – Service Lead)

Dr Clive Lewis (Consultant Congenital Cardiologist (with specialist interest in Transplant, Advanced Heart Failure)

Dr Catriona Bhagra (Consultant Congenital Cardiologist (with Imaging and Maternal Cardiology)

Lead CSN Carole Phoenix

CSN’s Emma Pembroke, Kiko Olano

Web link to our service is :

Oxford: John Radcliffe Hospital

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

ACHD Nurse Specialists: Emma Weingart and Angie Austen

Consultant Cardiologist: Dr Elizabeth Orchard

Patient advice line: 01865 (7)40412, normal working hours are Monday to Friday 8.00am–4.00pm

If the nurse can’t take your call immediately, please leave your name, hospital number and contact details on the answerphone and they will contact you as soon as possible.

Email: ACHD&

Cardiac Investigations Annexe
Level 0, John Radcliffe Hospital
Headley Way
Oxford OX3 9DU

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Level Three Centres

Eastbourne District General Hospital

ACHD Nurse Specialist Helpline: 01323 417400 extension (13) 6236 (answerphone checked on Tuesdays and Fridays). If the nurse can’t take your call immediately, please leave your name, hospital number and contact details on the answerphone and they will contact you as soon as possible.

Email: (email checked on Tuesdays and Fridays).

For emergencies: patients are advised to call 999, go to their local A&E. Please make yourself known to the ACHD service or the on-call Cardiology Registrar (via switchboard 01323 417400) if you are admitted to hospital.

Visiting ACHD Consultant Cardiologist: Dr Yaso Emmanuel (GSST)

Consultant Cardiologist with an interest in ACHD: Dr Andrew Marshall (ESHT)

ACHD Nurse Specialist: Katie Rose

ACHD Secretary Details: Tel: 01323 417400 (13) 4741. Out of hours: Routine queries – Answerphone in operation, please leave a message with your contact details.

Services offered: Joint clinic’s with visiting Consultant, Satellite Clinics, Transition Clinics, Echocardiography, Telephone support line, Email support. All clinics are based at Eastbourne District General Hospital.

Consultant Cardiologist with an Interest in ACHD: Dr Andrew Marshall

ACHD Helpline: 01323 417400 x (13) 6236

Adult Congenital Heart Disease & Valve Clinic Specialist Nurse: Katie Rose –

East Sussex Health Care 

Bleep: 0105

Office (Duncan House): 01323 417400 x (13) 6236

Working Days: Tuesday, Wednesday AM and Friday. For urgent enquires , regarding ACHD/Valve clinic, outside of these time please contact Anna Gentry: 01323 417400 x4741

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