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The National Congenital Heart Disease Audit has been published by The National Institute for Cardiovascular Outcomes Research (NICOR) and shows very good outcomes for congenital heart surgical operations as well as improvements in antenatal detection of infant heart problems.
Responding to the audit, Michael Wilson, Programme Director for the Congenital Heart Disease Programme said: “NHS England welcomes the continued improvement in surgical and interventional care for people with Congenital Heart Disease (CHD) and the national audit is important in measuring this progress. While 30-day mortality is a key measure, NHS England is working with HQIP and NICOR and patient and public groups to improve the measures available to give a better all-round understanding of the service.
“NHS England is also supporting work to improve earlier diagnosis of CHD and it is good to see that this focus is reaping rewards with improved diagnosis through antenatal screening.”
The report is available on the Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership (HQIP).