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Cardiothoracic Services (Heart and Lung)

Pulmonary Vascular Unit (Lungs and Blood Vessels)

Contact: (0191) 213 7742 - Rachel Crackett and Julia De Soyza, Specialist Nurses

The Pulmonary Vascular Unit is located at the Freeman Hospital and is one of only six Department of Health designated centres of excellence in the UK and Ireland.   We offer rapid access to expert opinion and specialist investigations for patients with diseases affecting their lungs and the blood vessels supplying them with oxygen.  


Our clinicians have extensive expertise in the care and treatment of many complex conditions, including:


  • pulmonary hypertension
  • pulmonary arterio-venous malformations
  • hereditary haemorrhagic telangiectasia
  • familial pulmonary hypertension
  • pulmonary arterial hypertension due to other disorders such as connective tissue disease, liver disease, haematological disorders, HIV infection, congenital heart disease, or chronic thromboembolic disease.


We work very closely with our cardiopulmonary transplantation colleagues to enable you to be quickly referred for alternative treatments should your condition continue to deteriorate.

How to access our service

If you suffer from, or are suspected of having any of, these conditions your GP can refer you for a consultation on either an outpatient or inpatient basis, depending upon your individual clinical needs. Please note that because of its highly specialist nature, this clinic is not available via theĀ e-Referral system.

We also have a very active clinical trials programme for research into pulmonary vascular diseases. This means that our patients can be offered the opportunity to try emerging new therapies and are often the first to benefit from ground-breaking new treatments.

To find out more information about this service please contact one of our two specialist nurses at the Pulmonary Vascular Unit. They specialise in providing support for patients with pulmonary hypertension and in helping patients on intravenous therapies to manage their own condition.

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