Grown-up congenital heart disease (GUCH)

Grown-up congenital heart disease (GUCH)

Our GUCH team provide seamless care between childhood and adulthood for people born with heart disease. This is done via a well-established transition program with Great Ormond St Hospital.

We have been designated level one specialist centre status by NHS England which means we can provide surgical and catheter intervention treatments.

Our services

We offer all aspects of specialist care for adults with congenital heart disease including:

  • Heart surgery
  • Catheter diagnosis and treatment – 'keyhole valve procedures'
  • Heart rhythm services, including ablation treatments
  • Pulmonary hypertension service and advanced drug therapy
  • Inherited aortopathy service with monitoring and surgery
  • Pregnancy and pre-conception service
  • Heart failure service with heart transplant referral pathways
  • Specialist advanced imaging
  • Outreach outpatients services at Basildon Cardiothoracic centre, Penbury Hospital Tunbridge Wells, Queen Alexandra Hospital Portsmouth, University College London Hospital, Luton and Dunstable University Hospital.

Coronavirus advice

We have created guidance for our GUCH patients.

Your visit

Outpatient visits

When attending your outpatient appointment, you will be seen by a consultant on most occasions, but sometimes by a clinical fellow in training who will discuss any management plan with the supervising consultant.

Most often, an echocardiogram is performed on the day, but if you live near the hospital you may be called for the echo prior.

A specialist nurse is present in all clinics and they will be there to help you understand your heart condition and or answer any queries you might have after you’ve seen the doctor.

Inpatient stays

If you require admission, you will reviewed and admitted under the on-call GUCH consultant cardiologist and seen daily by one of the GUCH team.

Your care team

GUCH surgeons

Professor Victor Tsang

Professor Victor Tsang qualified from Westminster Medical School University of London, he began his cardiothoracic surgical training with Mr Christopher Lincoln at the Royal Brompton and London Chest Hospitals.

For two years, he was a Lecturer and Research Fellow at the National Heart and Lung Institute under Professor Sir Magdi Yacoub. He continued his paediatric cardiac surgical training with Dr Roger Mee at the Royal Melbourne Children's Hospital in Australia. His first consultancy post was at Southampton University Hospital. Professor Tsang has been working in the Cardiothoracic Unit at Great Ormond Street Hospital since 1997, specialising in neonatal and complex infant cardiac surgery. He leads the surgical program for adult congenital heart surgery at the Bart's Heart Centre in the City of London. Professor Tsang has been an honorary surgeon in Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Beijing and Hong Kong, and a visiting professor at several major cardiac institutions. He leads charity missions with Chain of Hope (UK) in the Caribbean and Ethiopia.

Mr Ben Davies

Mr Ben Davies graduated from the University of Nottingham in 2001. His early surgical training took place in Nottingham and Sheffield and in 2005 he became a Member of the Royal College of Surgeons of England. He then completed a PhD after completing a period of research at the Royal Children's Hospital and Murdoch Children's Research Institute in Melbourne, Australia. His higher surgical training in cardiothoracic surgery was carried out in the West Midlands including paediatric cardiac surgical fellowships at Birmingham Children's Hospital and Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children. In 2011 he passed the speciality examination in cardiothoracic surgery FRCS(C-Th), in doing so winning the McCormack medal.

He was appointed as a consultant in paediatric cardiac surgery at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children in 2014 and honorary consultant cardiac surgeon at St Bartholomew's Hospital in 2015.

Contact us

The GUCH clinical nurse specialist (CNS) team are your first point of contact when you need help. You will meet a member of the CNS team during your first appointment.

If you have any questions about living with your heart condition or about any symptoms, please do not hesitate to contact us on the numbers below. Your call will usually be directed to an answerphone. Please leave a message with your phone number and, if possible, your hospital or NHS number; we will then call you back.

If you have specific questions regarding appointments please ring your consultant’s secretary on the numbers listed below.

Clinical nurse specialist team (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm)

Call 020 3765 8608. Please leave a message on the answer machine and you will be called back within 24 hrs (during office hours)

Urgent contact for healthcare professionals and/or admitted patients

Call 07776181469 or email the GUCH CNS team: bartshealth.guchcns@nhs.net

Contacts

Specialist

Contact

Dr Kate Von Klemperer and Dr Amit Bhan

0203 765 8755

Dr Fiona Walker

0203 765 8754

Dr Seamus Cullen and Dr. Victoria Kelly, GUCH clinical psychologists

0203 765 8899

Dr Bejal Pandya and Dr Michael Quail

0203 765 8765

Dr Filip Zemrak, Dr Vivienne Ezzat and Dr Vinit Sawhney

0203 765 8661

Professor Victor Tsang, Mr Ben Davies (GUCH surgeons)

0207 377 7000 ext 10558

Diagnostic testing

Diagnostic bookings (echo, holter monitor, blood pressure monitor, CPEX, ETT): Hasna Begum on 02037658761

Clinic 5 reception: Flora Mariano on 020 3765 4173                            

Out of hours emergency only - after 1700 and at weekends:

  • Contact St Bartholomew's Hospital switchboard on  020 3416 5000
  • Ask for General cardiology SPR on-call. Explain the problem, provide call back contact information and give your NHS number.
  • A cardiology SPR will contact GUCH consultant on-call and you will be called back within 60 minutes.