Cardiac Nurses

The role of the cardiac nurse specialist is to support children and their families through all the stages of their journey within cardiac services.

We provide information and advice to both parents and patients and utilise the skills of a play specialist and psychologist where necessary.

This support begins from the time of diagnosis and continues through childhood until transition to adult services. You will meet us when you attend outpatient, surgical and pre-assessment clinics here at the Bristol Royal Hospital for Children, and if you are a parent who’s baby has had an antenatal diagnosis, a member of the team will be there to support you at your fetal appointments.

The support and information we offer is tailored to meet the individual needs of the family and patient. We are sensitive to individual social, emotional and educational needs that families may have.

We will prepare you for hospital admissions at surgical and pre-assessment clinics where we take time to explain and answer any questions you may have. We are also able to refer you to other health professionals such as, play specialists, cardiac psychologists, community children’s nurses, and relevant support agencies.

We act as an advocate for you and your child, by supporting you in decision making and during discussions with other members of the multi-disciplinary team.

We are involved in complex discharge planning of inpatients to achieve a safe and effective transition back into the community, and follow you up when you get home.

Each cardiology consultant has a cardiac nurse specialist (CNS) allocated to them who will be your child’s named cardiac nurse specialist and should be your main point of contact.

The teams working hours are Mon-Fri 0800-1600
You can contact us using our direct line – 0117 342 8286/8578 / Work mobiles (see above)

Bleep 3983 via switchboard – 0117 923 0000

If you require support advice or reassurance please don’t hesitate to get in touch with the team.

The Nurses

Cathy Harrington
Cardiac Nurse Specialist to
Dr. A. Tometzki & Prof. R. Tulloh
Working days: Mon-Fri 0800-1600
Work mobile: to be confirmed

Lisa Patten
Cardiac Nurse Specialist to
Dr. A. Hayes & Dr. P Caldas
Working days: Tues/Thurs/Fri 0800-1600
Work mobile: 07919 110734

Debbie Riddiford
Core Cardiac Nurse Specialist for Surgical and Pre-Assessment clinics
Working days: Tues/Thurs am
Work mobile: 07795 507294

Diane Barlow
Cardiac Nurse Specialist to
Dr. G. Stuart & Dr. M. Walsh
Working days: Mon/Tues/Wed/Fri 0800-1600
Work mobile: 07919 110825

Dawn McCallum
Cardiac Nurse Specialist to
Dr. B. Tsai-Coodman & Dr. R. Martin
Working days: Mon-Fri 0800-1600
Work mobile: 07919 110870

Jessica Hughes
Currently on maternity leave


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