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New congenital heart disease review

The Somerville Foundation is working to ensure that GUCH patients receive the best possible services by meeting with NHS England and supporting the congenital heart services review. 

Information from the NHS England website summarises this work.

NHS England, as the body responsible for commissioning specialised congenital heart services, is undertaking a national review of congenital heart services for children and adults.

The review will consider the whole lifetime pathway of care for people with congenital heart disease (CHD) to achieve:

  • the best outcomes for all patients, not just lowest mortality but reduced disability and an improved opportunity for survivors to lead better lives.
  • tackling variation so that services across the country consistently meet demanding performance standards and are able to offer resilient 24/7 care.
  • great patient experience, which includes how information is provided to patients and their families, considerations of access and support for families when they have to be away from home.

The review has now been completed. In July 2016, NHS England published a set of proposals outlining the actions which NHS England propose to take in order to ensure a consistent standard of care for CHD patients across the country.

You can read and comment on the proposals here.

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