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Team Harley - City2Surf 2017

Jun 27 2017
Mum Danielle puts it beautifully: "Why we started Team Harley: To raise awareness for Congenital Heart Disease in memory of our amazing...

Halor's story

Jun 23 2017
One of our patients, Halor, was featured on The Children's Hospital at Westmead's Facebook page this week:     ...

Piloting a smartphone app

May 12 2017
The Children's Hospital at Westmead will soon be piloting a new smartphone app that allows patients and families to see their upcoming appoi...

Caring for Kids with Heart Disease

Each year we see thousands of children suspected of having some form of heart disease. We treat over 750 inpatients and provide more than 7,500 outpatient appointments.

The care we offer requires considerable skill, training, and dedication. By working closely with a skilled team of researchers, our clinicians never stop learning, improving and developing better ways to save kids' lives.

Diagnosis and treatment for our kids continues to improve. Prenatal diagnosis (before babies are born) has given us the opportunity to better understand the development of congenital heart disease in the fetus. This allows for improved planning of immediate postnatal care.

Innovations over the last few years include:

  • Upgraded imaging of the heart in the fetus and babies, using 3D ultrasound images, ultra-fast computerised tomography (CT) and cardiovascular MRI (magnetic resonance imaging).
  • New expertise and techniques in surgery and treatment of kids with congenital heart disease.
  • New expertise in cardiac catheterisation and treatment options that reduce the need for surgery for children with heart problems.
  • Upgraded links with adult services caring for children with congenital heart disease.
  • Detailed data collection and audit facilities to help us describe what we do, and to identify areas for improvement in the treatment of congenital heart disease.
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