Heart conditions (cardiology)


Cardiology is the branch of medicine that deals with the diagnosis and treatment of heart diseases and defects.

Our experienced team of doctors and nurses look after babies, children and teenagers with a range of heart conditions diagnosed before and after birth.

We work closely with the Children's Heart Unit in Bristol.

More on what we do

We have three paediatricians (children's doctors) who specialise in cardiology. Together with our nursing and other healthcare staff, we will help to diagnose and treat your baby or child's condition.

We offer an acute inpatient service to infants, children and teenagers with heart problems, as well as an outpatient service for those referred to us by their GPs.

As part of our assessments, we can:

  • Analyse electrocardiograms (ECGs) - a test which measures the electrical activity of the heart to show whether or not it is working normally.
  • Perform cardiac ultrasound (echocardiography) - a scan used to look at the heart and nearby blood vessels.
  • Perform and interpret specialist tests, such as ambulatory ECG’s - where the electrodes are connected to a small portable machine worn at the waist so the heart can be monitored at home for 1 or more days
  • Carry out blood pressure monitoring

Our team

Consultant Paediatricians with a special interest in Paediatric Cardiology

  • Dr Nigel Osborne
  • Dr Nagendra Venkata
  • Professor David Mabin

Where to find us

RD&E Wonford, Barrack Rd, Exeter EX2 5DW

Childrens Outpatient Department, Level 1, Area J.

Bramble Childrens Ward, Level 1, Area H.

Exeter Neonatal Unit, Centre for Women's Health, Level 2.

Contact us

If you want to get in touch with the department, please contact:

Children's Outpatient Department

Telephone: 01392 403729

Bramble Childrens Ward

Telephone: 01302 402679

Exeter Neonatal Unit

Telephone: 01392 406623


Clinics are held regularly in our Children's Outpatient Department , located on Level 1, Area J. Visiting Paediatric Cardiologists and Clinical Nurse Specialists attend these clinics along with our local team.


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