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Children's long-term ventilation service

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The children's long-term ventilation (LTV) service at Royal Brompton Hospital is a multidisciplinary team with expertise in paediatric intensive care, advanced respiratory and ventilatory management, and complex discharge planning.

The LTV team comprises consultants, clinical nurse specialists, occupational therapists and physiotherapists.


They work with a network of neonatal and paediatric intensive care units, high dependency units, paediatric wards, local hospitals, children's centres and hospices throughout London and the South East region.


Child ventilator - photo courtesy of Lily Sawyer
photo courtesy of Lily Sawyer

Being at home is better

In the past, some children may not have been able to go home safely. However, medical advances mean that these children can now survive intensive care and become well enough to go home.


Some remain dependent on technology, such as a breathing machine, to keep them alive.


We know that being at home is better for a child's development and it is the aim of the children's LTV service to co-ordinate the discharge pathway to provide a safe transition to home as soon as possible.


We work throughout the region providing local centres (including premature baby units and children's hospices), professionals and families with clinical support, education and training during the journey from hospital to home.

Read about Royal Brompton Hospital's Hospital to Home service

Getting baby home
Getting baby home safely is the first priority for families with children on long term ventilation. Photo courtesy of Lily Sawyer.

Royal Brompton

Sydney Street,
London SW3 6NP
Tel: +44 (0)20 7352 8121


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