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Adult congenital heart disease (ACHD) service

Diagnosing and treating heart problems present from birth 

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:

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.


Tel:020 7188 1090 ext 1082

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