The Cardiorespiratory Unit at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) provides a complete spectrum of child heart surgery services for children with congenital and acquired heart disease, as well as specialist activity in tracheal surgery, thoracic surgery, chest wall reconstruction and heart and heart-lung transplantation.
In recent years, we have treated more children with congenital heart disease than ever before, and with excellent results. In 2010/11, we carried out 511 cases of cardio-pulmonary bypass and an additional 137 cases off bypass.
The thoracic and chest wall service is an integral part of GOSH and has expanded into one of the biggest referral centres in the UK. The service has been at the forefront of two techniques that have improved the care we deliver to our patients: firstly, the introduction of thoracoscopic operations and secondly the minimally invasive NUSS procedure.
We treat a wide range of thoracic and chest wall conditions and have great expertise in managing complex congenital thoracic anomalies. We have developed a multidisciplinary platform for oncological management and also undertake cosmetic chest wall procedures.
Our aim is to continue to provide a child heart surgery service that is recognised internationally and to continue participating in improvements in the care of children requiring this surgical management.