From investigations to surgery, our cardiac specialists can help
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023 8091 4471

Monday - Friday

Southampton Heart Service

Cardiac experts at Spire Southampton Hospital, Hampshire

Congenital cardiology

  • Spire Southampton Hospital, Hampshire has launched a congenital heart service for both paediatric and adult patients living in Hampshire, the Isle of Wight, Dorset, Wiltshire, Surrey, West Sussex and the Channel Islands. This service is available for the assessment of suspicion of heart disease in children and adolescents for symptoms such as:

    • breathlessness
    • palpitations
    • reduced exercise capacity
    • chest pain
    • poor weight gain

    A family history of heart disease in parents, relatives or siblings may be an indication for cardiac screening. Our consultant congenital cardiologists are some the best in the country and all have NHS posts at our local NHS hospital.  Please click on their name to see their profile and contact details. We welcome both primary and secondary care referrals.

    • Dr Kevin Roman  
    • Dr Tony Salmon
    • Dr Alan Magee (tbc)
    • Dr Zaheer Ahmad (tbc)

    The hospital provides other children’s services and has paediatric trained resident doctors and a team of specialist trained paediatric nurses led by our own paediatric lead nurse who will provide reassurance and dedicated care for your child throughout their stay. 

    The following tests and procedures are performed here by our congenital specialists at Spire Southampton Hospital:

    • Blood pressure monitors - The monitor records changes in blood pressure by measuring it over a period of time
    • Cardiac catheterisation – Imaging of the heart and vessels using x-rays and contrast
    • Cardiac CT - A CT scanner is used to take pictures of the heart. It is used to obtain images of the beating heart and look at its structure and function
    • Cardiac MRI - An MRI scanner is used to take both still and moving pictures of the heart. It gives information on structure and function without any radiation
    • Electrocardiogram (ECG) - Records the electrical activity of the heart
    • ECG holter monitor - This monitor is provided for longer periods of time (24-72 hours) in order to capture information regarding the hearts electrical activity
    • Echocardiogram - Ultrasound scan of the heart that shows how well the heart is working and confirms a structural cardiac abnormality
    • Exercise ECG test - This assesses the heart's response to exercise in the diagnosis of symptoms
    • Implantable device checks - Follow up of implantable device to assess functionality and diagnostic capabilities
    • Fetal echocardiogram – ultrasound performed during pregnancy to assess and rule out any cardiac abnormality in the unborn baby
    • Patent foramen ovale/atrial septal defect closure - non-surgical closure of a hole in the heart undertaken via a vein in the leg
    • Saline contrast echocardiogram - A standard echocardiogram can be performed using "bubble contrast" to make the images clearer. The contrast is usually a sterile salt water solution that is shaken to form micro-bubbles. This can help the consultant identify any possible heart defects
    • Transoesophageal echocardiogram (TOE) - Provides images of the heart via a thin probe inserted in to the oesophagus through the mouth under sedation or anaesthetic

    Our services are available to insured and self-pay patients who would like to be seen promptly and ease their anxiety by avoiding long waiting times. For more information please contact our self-pay department on 023 8091 4471 or to book an appointment please see the consultant’s secretary’s number on the consultant’s profile page.

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