Based at Leeds Children’s Hospital, the Leeds Congenital Heart Unit supports over 17,500 people with congenital heart disease (CHD) across Yorkshire, North Lincolnshire and Humberside as outpatients.

Around 450 babies, children and adults with CHD from these regions also need open heart surgery every year.

Experts in identification, diagnosis and medical/surgical treatment of congenital heart disease, arrhythmias and acquired heart disease, the unit provide fetal, child, teen and adult support services to a wide-reaching area.

The Leeds Congenital Heart Unit also provides screening services to large numbers of normal children to exclude cardiac problems. 

Clinics run by the unit provide non-invasive diagnostic investigations, including electrocardiography, 24-hour ECG tape monitoring and exercise testing together with a full range of radiography, haematology, biochemistry and microbiology services.

Your donations help fund the unit’s website…

Providing accurate, easily accessible and unbiased information about CHD is vital for the continued support of patients and their families.

Children’s Heart Surgery Fund’s mission is to support the Leeds Congenital Heart Unit in becoming a world class centre of excellence.

The support and funding for the Leeds Congenital Hearts website is a vital part of this mission, helping patients and health care professionals to get key information and resources that they can trust to be reliable and impartial.

Visit the Leeds Congenital Heart Unit website

About congenital heart disease…

Affecting almost one in 100 births, congenital heart disease is an umbrella term used to describe any heart condition or defect that develops in the womb, before a baby is born.

There are many potential causes of congenital heart disease, however usually these are down to complications in the early development of a foetus. Family history and other conditions such as diabetes can slightly increase the chance of a congenital heart defect.

Some of the conditions that fall under Congenital Heart Disease include:

  • Aortic Stenosis
  • Coarctation of the Aorta 
  • Large Ventricular Septal Defect (click for video)
  • Pulmonary Stenosis (click for video)
  • Tetralogy of Fallot (click for video)
  • Initial repair for Tetralogy of Fallot (click for video)
  • Transposition Great Arteries
  • Single Ventricle Circulation
  • Pulmonary Atresia with Intact Ventricular Septum
  • Hypoplastic Left Heart
  • Tricuspid Atresia
  • Double Inlet Ventricle
  • Right Aortic Arch
  • Pulmonary Incompetence and Pulmonary Valve Replacement (click for video)
Take a look at our animation showing the normal functioning of the heart and compare it to one of the videos above. (Click for video)


Find out more about Congenital Heart Disease

Contact Details

If you want any more information about Congenital Heart Disease, the Leeds Congenital Heart Unit or Children’s Heart Surgery Fund please do not hesitate to contact a member of the CHSF team on any of the following forms of communication:


Phone: 0113 8314810

Post:  Children’s Heart Surgery Fund, 3 Oxford Place, Leeds LS1 3AX

Alternatively you can use our contact form here and we will be in touch.

Children’s Heart Surgery Fund,
3 Oxford Place,