Our specialist nurses can help with more information about your child’s heart condition – we can provide written details and diagrams or can arrange to meet with you personally to discuss this.
We can talk to others looking after you and your family
If you have local health professionals, such as Health Visitors, School Nurses, Community Nurses or family doctors, involved in the care of your child, we would be happy to provide them with information about your child’s heart condition and related issues.
How much can my child do
Some parents need advice about appropriate levels of activity for their child. Please contact us if you would like to discuss this further.
Need to ask the Doctor something
If there are any issues about your child’s heart condition, or care, which you are not sure about we could discuss these with your Consultant on your behalf.
Health Visitor/ School Nurses
We can provide information for Health Visitors and School Nurses regarding general health issues which may be influenced by your child’s heart condition. E.g. immunisations, feeding, weaning.
Others that can help
We can put you in touch with other agencies:
- Social Workers – who can offer advice regarding benefits which may be available to families of children with heart conditions.
- Dieticians – who can advise about feeding issues.
- Support Groups – there are specialist support groups for families of children with heart conditions.
There may be times when you feel that you would like to talk to someone outside of the family. Please contact us and we can arrange to meet up, either at your home or at the hospital.
School/Nursery asking questions
If your child’s school is asking for advice regarding their heart condition, please contact us as we can provide written information or even visit the school.
The Children’s Cardiac Nurse Specialists are available to answer your questions and can, with your permission, give advice to schools.
They can be contacted on Ward 51 Leeds General Infirmary Tel: 0113 3925467.