ACHD networking and education

Patients and staff at 2008 nursing conferenceThe congenital cardiac service also boasts an education centre called the Wessex Heartbeat Education Centre. This medical conference centre offers the latest multimedia technology including live audio-visual links to three catheter laboratories, the echocardiography suite and cardiac operating theatres.

The Heartbeat Suite enables our cardiac team to stay at the leading edge of telemedicine, sharing expertise about diagnosis and treatment with other cardiac centres throughout the UK and across the world. Many of the complex cases are reviewed and discussed by our cardiac team within this facility. The latest technology combined with a team approach ensures the best possible care is delivered to each patient.

Telemedicine is the use of communications technology to provide health care to patients through electronic or digital means, in their homes or other remote areas. We use this technology to monitor patients when they are at home, collect and transfer medical data.

Annual adult congenital heart conference for healthcare professionals

Every year we hold a one-day conference for healthcare professionals working in this specialty, including nurses, physiotherapists, nutritionists and medical staff. The event is facilitated by our clinical nurse specialists.

At our 2007 event, two patients spoke and presented a short film about their experiences of living with adult congenital heart condition.

For more information on past and future conferences, please contact us.

Networking events

The local Adult Congenital Heart Disease Network meeting, held at Southampton General Hospital in 2010.

Delegates at ACHD network meeting

Lecture audience at ACHD network meeting

Networking opportunities at ACHD network meeting

Round the table at ACHD network meeting