The Cardio-respiratory Unit is one of Great Ormond Street Hospital’s largest clinical units and conducts over 500 open heart procedures in children per year. The Cardiology department provides medical and surgical treatment to children with congenital and acquired heart disease from birth until adolescence.
We provide a tertiary referral service both within the UK and internationally and are the only paediatric hospital in the UK, and one of only a few in the world, to offer the full range of National Specialist Cardiac Services. These include heart transplant, pulmonary hypertension and tracheal services.
The largest centre for children with heart problems in the UK, the hospital is also one of the largest centres for children’s heart transplants in the world. At the cutting edge of medicine, the Cardiac team carry out complex procedures including the non-surgical replacement of pulmonary heart valves.
Care is provided in a new heart and lung centre with state-of-the-art facilities and equipment, including a new Cardiac Critical Care and Clinical Investigations Unit.
The Respiratory Unit has a multi-disciplinary approach to the investigation and management of children with acute or chronic lung disease or other complex conditions such as cystic fibrosis.
The Cardio-respiratory team has an active programme of research including using computer modelling to advance further work in non-surgical valve replacement and using regenerative medicine to grow new heart tissue.
The team was involved in a world first procedure to transplant a new windpipe into a child using the child’s own stem cells to help create the new organ. He has since returned to school.