University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust

Children's cardiac clinic

The children's cardiac clinic is located within the main children's outpatient department on level C at the Southampton General Hospital.

What to expect

On arrival at the clinic you should report to the children's outpatient reception desk. We will check your details and may ask for your postcode, so please have it available.

You will then be directed to the clinic and asked to take a seat until your child's name is called. Before your child is seen by the doctor, you will have the opportunity to meet a children's nurse who will discuss with you what will happen during the clinic.

Your child will be weighed and measured and have a series of investigations which might include a chest X-ray, an ECG (an echocardiogram scan) and occasionally a blood test.

You may find it easier to dress your child in clothes that are easy to take on and off as your child will be required to get undressed several times.

Cardiac COPD

You may not always have the opportunity to meet your child's consultant.  However the consultant will always review the investigations with the examining doctor.

Please be aware clinics are always busy and although we try to run them as efficiently as possible, you may find that you are waiting for some time in the department due to the numerous investigations each child requires.

There are toys and books in the department to help entertain your child while they wait.  Our play specialist is often on hand to help you prepare your child for any investigations he or she may need in the department or in the future.

New diagnosis

If your child is diagnosed with a heart condition, you should receive written information for you to take away with you. This will include details of who you can contact in the hospital.

If you would like further information and support regarding your child's heart condition, please ask a member of staff to contact the cardiac specialist nurse.

Surgery

If you have an appointment to discuss planned surgery, you will meet the consultant surgeon who will perform the operation. If you require advice on how to prepare your child for surgery please discuss this with the children's nurse in clinic or ask to speak to our trained play specialist who can help you with this.  We can also arrange for you to visit Ocean Ward (E1) to discuss facilities and accommodation.

Cancellations

If you are unable to attend your appointment please contact us on 023 8120 6068 so that the appointment can be offered to another patient.