The Children's Heart Surgery Fund
Established in 1988, the Children’s Heart Surgery Fund is a charity providing support for children and adults born with Congenital Heart Defects and their families. CHSF provides valuable equipment, resources and research, as well as providing a support service for both the children and their families along the way.
Based at the Leeds General Infirmary, CHSF covers the regions of Yorkshire, Humberside and North Lincolnshire. Around 400 children from these regions need open heart surgery every year. We aim to ensure these children have the best possible chance of survival and to help their families in whatever way needed during their stay in hospital. Our work is overseen by a board of Trustees – made up of clinical staff, parents and business leaders.
The vision for CHSF is to help support the Leeds congenital heart centre to become a ‘world class’ centre of excellence.
“More than 40% of the children who have an operation will need long-term care”
CHSF decided to support the new Heart units website as they understood the need for patients and their families to understand what they should expect when they arrive on the Heart unit. We would like to continue to support the units website in its development over the coming years as we feel this is a real benefit for the patients and highlights what this lifespan service has to offer.