Children's Heart Unit
0191 233 6161 Extn 27786 - Angie Johnson, Matron
The Freeman Hospital’s Paediatric Cardiothoracic Unit is the only unit in the UK able to offer all forms of heart treatment, regardless of age, under one roof.
We have a wide range of experts working together in multidisciplinary teams to deliver outstanding care. Our results are second to none in the UK but we are as proud of the quality of our care, as we are of the success of our procedures.
Freeman Hospital has led the way in the UK in providing end stage heart failure treatment for infants and children. We carried out the UK’s first successful infant heart transplant in 1987 and were recently the first in the world to enable a young baby to survive (for four months) with an artificial heart, whilst the baby’s own heart recovered.
Expert care for our youngest and most vulnerable
Most of our patients come from the North of England, but patients are referred from all parts of the UK and Ireland for cardiopulmonary transplantation (one of only two units in the UK) , ECMO (one of only three units in the UK), life support, heart rhythm treatment and congenital heart disease.
Our specialist services include:
- cardiac surgery
- respiratory disease
- paediatric critical care
It is these expertise and support systems that allow the Freeman Hospital to carry out high-risk paediatric surgery with excellent outcomes.
Investing in the future
Newcastle Hospitals are extremely proud of the Freeman Hospital’s Paediatric Cardiothoracic Unit. The Trust has invested significantly in the unit and will continue to do so, keeping pace with technology with exciting developments such as the new Paediatric Intensive Care Unit, improved ward infrastructure incorporating a new High Dependency Unit and the superb charitable funded parents’ and carers’ accommodation, soon to be built on the Freeman Hospital site.