Adult congenital heart disease (ACHD) service

Diagnosing and treating heart problems present from birth 

Members of the ACHD team at Guy's and St Thomas' Foundation Trust.What is congenital heart disease?

Congenital heart disease is a general term for a range of birth defects that affect the normal workings of the heart and great vessels. Congenital means a condition that is present at birth.

The population of adults with congenital heart disease continues to grow rapidly. This partly reflects the success of children's cardiology, children's heart surgery and specialist care in adulthood.

Although most of these adult patients are well, they are at risk of complications specific to their condition. The majority will need long term follow-up at a specialist centre.

Our service

The adult ACHD unit based at St Thomas’ provides a full range of medical, surgical and obstetric services. Our service includes:

    • non-invasive and invasive investigation
    • cardiac rhythm management  
    • catheter intervention
    • cardiac surgery
    • transition from children's services to adult's
    • pulmonary hypertension
    • cardiac obstetric service
    • connective tissue disorder and cardiac genetics
    • special care dentistry

See our sub-specialities tab for more information on each of the above services.

For dates and times of transition days, please see the transition page on the Evelina London Children's Healthcare website.

Contacts

Tel:020 7188 1090 ext 1082

Email:gst-tr.achd@nhs.net

Moving from children's to adult services?

Find out more about the transition between adult and children's heart services on the Evelina London Healthcare website