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Evelina London Children's Hospital

Region: London South
Trust: Guy' s and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust
Unit: Cardiothoracic Unit
Services provided: Congenital Surgery

Westminster Bridge Rd
South Bank
United Kingdom

Evelina London Children's Healthcare is part of Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust. We provide comprehensive health services from before birth, throughout childhood and into adult life

Our community services care for children and families in Lambeth and Southwark. Our children's hospital not only cares for local families but also provides an extensive range of specialist services for children with rare and complex conditions from across south London, Kent, Surrey and Sussex. We are the second largest provider of children's services in London.

Our vision is to be a world leading centre of life-changing care for children, young people and their families.

Our hospital

Based in a stunning purpose-built building on the site of St Thomas', we have:

  • 281 beds, including 30 intensive care beds and a 46-cot neonatal unit
  • 5 dedicated children's operating theatres
  • a full children's imaging service with MRI scanner, x-ray and ultrasound
  • a kidney dialysis unit
  • 3 dedicated children's research units
  • an outpatients department
  • a hospital school.

Finding the entrance:

Evelina London is next to St Thomas' Hospital. You can reach the entranceby:

  • walking through St Thomas' and following the signs
  • directly via Lambeth Palace Road (pedestrian access only)

Congenital Surgery

To perform heart surgery a team of several specialised people is needed:

  • an anaesthetist and an operating department assistant are responsible for the anaesthetic and the ventilation (breathing support)
  • a perfusionist takes care of the cardiopulmonary bypass machine (a machine that does the work of the heart and lungs)
  • the surgeon works together with his assistant and a scrub nurse
  • further nurses help to provide all necessary equipment.

During most operations an echo-technician or paediatric cardiologist (specialist children's heart doctor) will also be involved.

The smallest children we operate on weigh less than 500 grams. Depending on the type of congenital (present from birth) heart disease they have, we can carry out complex heart surgery on babies who weigh less than 1,500 grams.

How many operations do we perform?

Every year: around 480-520 operations are carried out by Professor Anderson, Mr Austin, Mr Salih and Mr Speggiorin. 370-400 of these are done using cardiopulmonary bypass. Our surgeons also operate on more than 300 adult patients with either congenital (present from birth) or acquired heart disease around 100 operations without cardiopulmonary bypass are performed.

Prior to surgery the following imaging may be carried out: 

  • echocardiography
  • magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
  • heart catheterisation.


Outcomes Audits

This hospital has been a part of the following outcomes audits, please click on any outcomes audit to see their data:

National Congenital Heart Disease Audit (NCHDA) – 2020 Summary Report (2018/2019 Data)

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