“The Somerville Foundation is going to great lengths to provide the best possible information and clarification for patients. Our own guidance has been written for us by our Medical Advisor and expert Consultant Dr Fiona Walker. We have also published the guidance issued by the BCCA as it is our duty to pass on as much expert advice as possible. Some people would understandably like further clarification with respect to the list of complex conditions outlined in the guidance, but it is not possible to list the large variety of different CHD conditions. However just because your condition is not listed here it does not mean that you should not follow the strictest guidance outlined. No employer should take this as evidence that you do not fall into the ‘at risk category’. It is not possible to include every person’s individual case in general guidance designed to cater for the majority of cases. Specialist Centres are currently very busy due to the current crisis, they will get back to you when they are able to. Contact them only if you are very concerned or are seriously ill.”

Latest Covid Updates

Read the latest Covid Updates in our blog.

The Somerville COVID Support Fund - January 2021

About the Fund

We are pleased to announce we have obtained funding which enables us to setup a “COVID Support Fund”. This fund is specifically for CHD patients who have been adversely affected by COVID in some way and is primarily to provide financial assistance and help to make a difference to those who find themselves in difficult circumstances.

CoaguChek Machine

We are able to supply CoaguChek machines direct to CHD patients. If your health care professional recommends you for self testing, these can be obtained at a discounted rate. Or you may be able to receive a fully-funded machine via our Covid Support Fund. Contact the office on for more information on applying.

BCCA Guidance - 18 January 21

COVID-19: BCCA guidance for immunisation: 18 January 2021

COVID-19: BCCA updated guidance for patients, parents, charities and support groups: groups in light of national lockdown for England (11 November 2020)

COVID-19: BCCA BCCA guidance for extremely vulnerable groups with congenital heart disease (27 March 2020)

What is Coronavirus?

Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways. It’s caused by a virus called coronavirus.

As there is no specific medical advice for adults with CHD and coronavirus, anyone who is concerned for their health should contact their doctor, nurse, specialist centre or ACHD team for advice. The NHS Advise “Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. Call 111 if you need to speak to someone.”

Where possible, use phone, online services, or apps to contact your GP surgery or other NHS services.

Staying Safe during the Coronavirus Pandemic

Please be aware that whilst the majority of people are genuine, there are those who seek to exploit individuals during the coronavirus outbreak. A reminder to always ask for ID from anyone claiming to be from the emergency services or the voluntary sector and not to open the door to anyone you are not expecting. Be wary of phone scams such as coronavirus tax refunds, fake cures, World Health Organisation impersonation emails and bitcoin payments.

If you feel in immediate danger call 999 or if you know someone is vulnerable and has been a victim of fraud, get in touch with your local constabulary. View the police website for further advice. To report something anonymously call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or visit Alternatively call 101 for non-urgent matters.
Always call 999 in emergencies, or if an immediate police response is required.

COVID-19 Tips & Video Resources - 17 Nov 20

Tips for coping during the coronavirus pandemic – PDF

Video Playlist: Protecting you mental health during Covid-19

Video – Webinar 6 November 2020 – Covid 19 & Beyond – Prof Michael Gatzoulis & Team

Useful Information

  • Covid 19 Era and Beyond – A Call for Action Gatzoulis et all IJC CHD July 2020: International Journal of Cardiology Congenital Heart Disease
  • GOV.UK Advice on staying at home and away from others (social distancing)
  • NHS Advice for people at high risk
  • COVID-19: BCCA practical guidance for patients, parents, charities and support groups (11 June 2020)
  • GOV.UK guidance on social distancing and vulnerable adults
  • Specialist Centres
  • Video: Professor Michael Gatzoulis – Professor of Cardiology, Congenital Heart Disease and Consultant Cardiologist, talks about coronavirus and CHD patients
  • Journal: The Globe on the Spotlight: Coronavirus (Covid-19)

Other Links

BCCA (British Congenital Cardiac Association Website)

MIND – Coronavirus and your well being

World Health Organisation – Also has useful information on coronavirus as well as informative videos


GOV – Guidance for British people travelling overseas during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic

Foreign & Commonwealth Office  – website for guidance should you have travel plans

Specialist Centres Covid-19 Guidance