Our children’s teams provide specialist care for children, pre-birth to 16, who have cardiac (heart) and respiratory (lung) conditions.
As a national referral centre, patients are sent to us for diagnostic tests and, where necessary, surgical treatment.
We are internationally known for our children’s work in areas such as fetal cardiology (pre-birth heart conditions), paediatric cystic fibrosis, and severe asthma. We are also recognised for our ground-breaking work in the field. In the early 1990s, our cardiologists were the first to use closure devices as an alternative to surgery for children born with a hole in their heart.
Royal Brompton children's services
Our team of dedicated, highly-skilled professionals provide all-round services to children and their families.
Using the latest technology and therapies, the paediatric team treats patients in a friendly atmosphere, and we pride ourselves on the exceptional work we do with clinicians, allied health professionals, and play, family and educational support workers.
We also promote family-centred care. Children are happiest and at their most relaxed when surrounded by family, which is why we actively encourage parents to stay with their child so they can actively be involved in their care. Family accommodation is provided either within the ward area or nearby.
When children become teenagers they begin the transition to adult services. Between the ages of 16 to 18, their care is transferred to the adult cardiology/respiratory teams at the hospital.
- cystic fibrosis
- child to adult CF transition
- primary ciliary dyskinesia service
- sleep and ventilation service
- long-term ventilation service
- difficult asthma service
Caring for children
We care for children with a variety of heart and lung conditions across both Royal Brompton and Harefield hospitals.
Paediatric intensive care unit (PICU)
The paediatric intensive care unit (PICU) is a 16-bed unit where staff care for both respiratory and cardiac patients who need investigations and treatment.
Patients are admitted to the unit after surgery, or transferred to us from district general hospitals or other tertiary care units.
- newborn babies with suspected heart disease
- children, from birth to 16, who have problems with their heart and lungs
- children with specific breathing conditions, such as bronchiolitis, tracheomalacia, Duchenne’s muscular dystrophy and other neuromuscular disorders
High dependency unit (HDU)
The HDU unit cares for children who may be recovering from surgery, or who need extra, physical support or observation.
The unit has eight beds split between PICU and the Rose Ward, both of which provide increased, step-up care (for example, if your child has to move from Rose ward to the intensive care unit), or step-down care, which is the move towards PICU, or Rose ward if they are getting better.
Find out more about the HDU
The Rose ward cares for babies and children with respiratory and cardiac conditions. It is a 34-bed ward which caters for day cases, sleep laboratory, high dependency unit and post-surgery patients.
Find out more about Rose Ward
Paediatric sleep unit
Our sleep and ventilation unit uses state-of-the-art equipment to help children with sleep and sleep-related conditions.
Find out more about our children's sleep unit
Children with respiratory illness, congenital heart disease and acquired heart disease often need lifelong care.
They will have regular appointments with a specialist team which includes doctors, nurses and allied health professionals at either Royal Brompton or Harefield hospital.
Find out more about children’s outpatients
Paediatric rehabilitation and therapy
Our team of physiotherapists, occupational therapists, dietitians and speech and language therapies, help to diagnose, treat and rehabilitate children with a range of conditions.
Find out more about our children's rehabilitation and therapy service
Parents and other relatives and friends can visit at any time, but we have to limit the people around the bedside to two at a time.
If any friends and family have a cough, cold or a stomach upset they should not come until they are better.
If any friends come late, when other children are trying to go to sleep, please see them in the waiting room, not on the ward.