University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust
Ocean ward

Children's cardiac services

Children who come under the care of cardiac services, stay on our purpose-built paediatric ward, E1 – known as Ocean ward. The bright and welcoming environment has been carefully designed to put children at ease, and there are plenty of toys, games and books for children to play with. 

We have two play leaders who can help take children's minds off their treatment, pain and the uncertainty of operations. Find out more about the children's cardiac team.

If your child is coming to Ocean ward for a test or procedure, find out more about our facilities, the accommodation we can offer to parents and family members and ways to prepare your child for their stay in hospital.

The Oxford Southampton paediatric cardiac network

We work closely with Oxford children's hospital to provide cardiac services. 

Diagnosis, condition management and outpatient services are provided by both hospitals with surgery and interventional procedures carried out at Southampton. 

The partnership cares for children from a wide area and receives referrals from 23 district hospitals stretching as far north as Northamptonshire and as far South as Cornwall and the Channel Islands.   

Recipe book for babies with congenital heart disease

For lots of different reasons, weight gain and feeding problems are common amongst babies with congenital heart disease. We have heard from parents that much of the online advice does not give enough information about weight gain and the transition on to food.

This recipe book is the first in a series, providing practical advice on how to get the most out of every mouthful. The book has been written and created by Dr Luise Marino (RD, PhD) and the Southampton Hospital Charity.