Fetal Cardiology

Professor John Simpson has over 20 years experience in fetal and paediatric cardiology and leads the fetal cardiology unit at the Evelina London Children's Hospital. This is one of the largest fetal cardiology units in Europe and is co-located with obstetrics, paediatric cardiology, cardiac surgery and other subspecialities for comprehensive care under one roof.

If you would like to be seen for fetal cardiology consultation please click here

If you have been referred for a prenatal cardiac scan and would like information from the Children's Heart Federation to prepare for your visit please click here.

Congenital heart disease is one of the most frequent groups of malformations, affecting almost 1% of babies. The vast majority of major congenital heart defects may be recognised by detailed ultrasound scanning of the fetal heart prior to birth (fetal echocardiography). Ultrasound examination of the fetal heart can be undertaken much earlier than previously, from around 13-14 weeks gestational age. Such scans can provide early reassurance or early detection of a cardiac abnormality.

Following diagnosis, support is provided to parents including the potential for delivery at our centre where cardiac and obstetric services are located at the same site.

For professionals wishing to expand their knowledge, our unit runs training courses and has produced online teaching material. Please click here for more information.