Dr Venugopalan Poothirikovil (Dr Venu)

Dr Venugopalan Poothirikovil (Dr Venu)

Consultant Paediatrician


Specialises in

I have been a Consultant Paediatrician with expertise in Paediatric Cardiology for the last 20 years, looking after babies, children and adolescents with general paediatric & cardiac problems.

I specialise in the diagnosis and management of children with various cardiac symptoms, at the same time implement a holistic approach that covers general paediatric issues related to allergy, stomach upset, fits and funny turns, growth issues etc.

I look after children and young people with concerns related to heart murmur, bluishness, shortness of breath, recurrent chest infections, chest pain, palpitation, syncope. I also organise screening of children with family history of heart disease including sudden unexpected death. Besides cardiac symptoms, I also have extensive experience in managing other general paediatric issues related to allergy, stomach upset, fits and funny turns, growth issues etc.

I am actively involved in training doctors and other health care professionals.


Treatment information

Some of the principal treatments carried out by Dr Venugopalan Poothirikovil (Dr Venu) at Spire include:



Other treatments

  • Echocardiogram
  • General Paediatrics and Paediatrics Cardiology¬†
  • I treat children and young people from newborn to 18 years old

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Additional information

Congenital heart disease

MBBS / Trivandrum Medical College, India / 1979
Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery

MD (Paed) / Postgraduate Institute, Chandigarh, India / 1982
Medical Doctor

MRCP(UK) / Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, UK / 1994
Membership of the Royal Colleges of Physicians (UK)

FRCPCH / Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (UK) / 1998
Fellow of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (UK)

Professional memberships

Accredited to European Association of Cardio-Vascular Imaging (EACVI)

British Congenital Cardiac Association (BCCA)

Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH)

Paediatrician with Cardiology Expertise Special Interest Group (PECSIG)

Professional leadership

Lead for Paediatric Cardiology Services, The Royal Alexandra Children's Hospital, Brighton

Royal Alexandra Children's Hospital, University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust, Brighton 

I do not hold any financial interest in this hospital and/or Spire Healthcare.