Grown-up Congenital Heart [GUCH] Unit
The Heart Hospital
16 – 18 Westmoreland Street London

020 7573 8808

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London - The Heart Hospital (Profile)

The UCLH Grown Up Congenital Heart [GUCH] unit was established in October 1998 at The Middlesex Hospital, providing inpatient & outpatient services to the increasing numbers of young people who had ‘outgrown’ services at Great Ormond Street Hospital over the years.

UCLH Cardiac services moved to The Heart Hospital in August 2001 enabling us to expand and improve our specialist services for adolescents and adult congenital heart patients. This includes complex catheter interventions, surgical re-operations with specialist anaesthetic support, percutaneous valve implantations and device repair of Mitral and Aortic regurgitation, comprehensive electrophysiological studies, cardiomyopathy/heart failure services, cardiac rhythm management and full imaging services.

The GUCH Nurse Specialists are part of the adult congenital heart team trained to address cardiac and other health issues, providing support, education and counselling for individuals and their families who have congenital heart disease. We have a dedicated Nurse Specialist who looks after women with congenital heart disease who are planning and undertaking pregnancy. We also provide a close liaison with the transitional care services from paediatric to adult care at Great Ormond Street Hospital.

The unit has a close link with the GUCH Patients association which has played a pivotal role in the publication of the NHS GUCH guidelines and a continued interest in the provision of optimal medical services for this challenging group of patients.

We see 2,200 outpatients per year and perform approximately 250 cardiology procedures and 75 surgical procedures per year.

Specialist Services

· Pregnancy services for women with congenital heart disease
· Cardiomyopathy services
· Genetic Counselling
· Heart Failure
· Cardiology in the Young [CITY]

Medical Staff

Cardiac SurgeonsClinical Speciality / Other Detail
Mr Victor Tsang Surgery of congenital heart disease
Miss Carin van Doorn Surgery of congenital heart disease

CardiologistsClinical Speciality / Other Detail
Dr Shay Cullen Interventional catheterisation, adult congenital heart disease
Dr Fiona Walker Obstetric cardiology & adult congenital heart disease
Professor Philipp Bonhoeffer Professor of cardiology - GOSH
Professor John Deanfield Professor of Grown Up Congenital Heart Disease
Dr Martin Lowe Cardiology & Electrophysiology
Dr Perry Elliott Cardiology & Heart Failure
Dr Antonis Pantazis Cardiology & Cardiomyopathy
Dr Maite Tome Cardiology & Cardiomyopathy
Dr Gerald Greil Cardiac magnetic resonance tomography
Dr Denis Pellerin Cardiology & Echocardiography
Fiona Kennedy GUCH Nurse
Nathalie Picut GUCH Nurse
Ruth Brooks GUCH Nurse
Kerry Romer GUCH Nurse
Marie Francis GUCH Nurse
Mr Pat O’Brien Obstetrician – Elizabeth Garret Anderson Hospital
Dr Rory Bell Anaesthetist - Elizabeth Garret Anderson Hospital
Dr Matthew Barnard Anaesthetist – Heart Hospital