Clinics and wards used by the Pulmonary Hypertension Service
Clinics and wards at Great Ormond Street Hospital which care for Pulmonary Hypertension Service patients include:
Walrus Ward is a busy, dynamic day procedure unit within the Cardiorespiratory directorate caring for a variety of specialist areas including:
- pulmonary hypertension
- thoracic and respiratory
The ward also cares for children and young people attending for pre-operative admission for assessment and preparation prior to cardiac surgery. Children and young people are also reviewed as required post-operatively for cardiology review on Walrus Ward.
On average we routinely see approximately 15-20 patients per day for various treatments and procedures.
Flamingo Ward (Cardiac Intensive Care Unit)
Flamingo Ward is a specialised unit for children under 16 years of age who need intensive care for conditions involving the heart, lungs or airways. The unit is also responsible for the care of children on extra-corporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO).
The Flamingo team is a multidisciplinary team which includes intensive care doctors and nurses, cardiologists, cardiac surgeons, ventilator technicians, physiotherapists and pharmacists.
Bear Ward specialises in caring for children:
- who are pre and post cardiac surgery
- who are pre and post cardiac catheterisation
- who have congenital/acquired cardiac disease
- who are pre and post heart/heart and lung transplant
- with persistent pulmonary hypertension
Intensive care episodes can be a difficult experience for a child and family and the HDU means patients who do not require airway support immediately post operation go straight to HDU rather than intensive care. This provides a better service and experience for the child and family as well as making more efficient and effective use of intensive care facilities.