Review concludes

16/02/11

Heart Surgery Monitoring

Heart centres under threat

The long awaited review of hospitals performing pediatric heart surgery in the UK is published today, 16th February.  The review,  initiated by Sir Bruce Keogh,  analyses the number of cardiology centres of excellence in the UK to ensure a balance between the number of hospital performing heart surgery and the expertise within them.  Part of the “Safe and Sustainable” policy, the review intends to have fewer but better “centres of excellence” performing  child heart surgery, although parent concern is that they may need to travel further for their childs treatment.

The report, produced by a team led by Sir Ian Kennedy, goes to a steering committee of primary care trusts, before a wider public consultation.  It’s expected to conclude that 4 of the 11 UK centres should close;  likely to be Leicester, Leeds, Oxford and the Brompton Hospital in London.

More details can be found on the BBC news website.