University Hospital Birmingham Foundation NHS Trust
Queen Elizabeth Hospital
B15 2TH


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Birmingham - Queen Elizabeth Hospital (Profile)

Formed in 2000, The Grown-Up Congenital Heart Disease unit at the University Hospital Birmingham covers a population of over 5 million and offers a full range of services for adults with congenital heart disease. Based in the new Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Edgbaston, Birmingham, there are four consultants, Dr Sara Thorne, Dr Paul Clift, Dr Lucy Hudsmith and Dr Jo de Giovanni, who work alongside two clinical nurse specialists, Susan Hawkesford and Nicky Pope with a national GUCH specialist registrar. There is an integrated approach to the on going management of patients from the Birmingham Children’s Hospital with transition clinics and surgical and interventional cardiology support. We run out-reach clinics at hospitals within the region in order to provide local high quality care for our patients. The unit has specialist interests in the management of univentricular hearts, the Fontan circulation, Ebstein anomaly, Marfan syndrome and Pulmonary Hypertension associated with congenital heart disease. Dr Sara Thorne runs a joint high risk cardiac obstetric clinic with the Fetal Medicine Team at the Birmingham Women’s Hospital, for the management of pregnant patients with cardiac problems

Medical Staff

Congenital heart surgery
Mr William Brawn (Consultant Cardiac Surgeon)
Mr David Barron (Consultant Cardiac Surgeon)
Mr Tim Jones (Consultant Cardiac Surgeon)
Miss Natasha Khan (Consultant Cardiac Surgeon)

Dr Sara Thorne (Consultant In Adult Congential Heart Disease)
Dr Paul Clift (Consultant In Adult Congential Heart Disease)
Dr Lucy Hudsmith (Consultant In Adult Congential Heart Disease)
Dr Joseph De Giovanni (Consultant in Paediatric and ACHD Cardiology