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The NHS, working with Public Health England (PHE), will today (Tuesday) announce a new drive to prevent heart attacks and strokes saving thousands of lives by taking a more integrated approach to cardiovascular care. New PHE analysis suggests that there is now an opportunity to prevent more than 9,000 heart attacks and at least 14,000 […]
Improvements in patient care mean hundreds more people are surviving heart failure, a new independent study has found. A report published today has found that the mortality rate for people admitted to hospital with heart failure has dropped from 9.6 per cent to 8.9 per cent. The reduction in the mortality rate means that in […]
The NHS is today (Tuesday 21 March) taking the precautionary step of writing to patients who have had certain types of open heart surgery to inform them that they may have a low risk of having contracted an infection caused by Mycobacterium chimaera (M. chimaera). Over the next two weeks, letters are being sent to […]
NHS England has today launched a public consultation on how it will put in place new standards for hospitals providing congenital heart disease services in England. The consultation, which runs for 16 weeks from Thursday 9 February to Monday 5 June 2017, aims to gather as many views as possible from patients, families and clinical […]
A new blood pressure resource for primary care practitioners and local authorities has been developed. The resource, entitled ‘Blood Pressure – How Can We Do Better?‘ highlights the national picture around high blood pressure and also breaks down the data into tailored packs for every CCG, highlighting local opportunities for improvement It was developed by […]
Congenital Heart Disease: NHS England takes action to deliver consistent and high quality services now and for the future
Patients with complex, sometimes life-threatening congenital heart disease will benefit from action to ensure core standards of quality and sustainability apply across all specialist services announced today (Friday 8th July) by NHS England. Congenital heart disease (CHD) services have been the subject of a number of reviews since the public inquiry at Bristol Royal Infirmary […]
NHS England today (Thursday) responded to the publication of the independent review into children’s heart surgery at Bristol Royal Hospital for Children and pledged to take action to ensure a consistent level of care is available for every patient in every part of the country. It announced that next week will see the publication of […]
National Congenital Heart Disease Audit published by The National Institute for Cardiovascular Outcomes Research (NICOR)
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 […]
NHS England today (Monday) launched a consultation on standards which aim to drive high quality care for children and adults with congenital heart disease wherever they live, throughout their lives. Congenital Heart Disease (CHD) refers to birth defects that affect the normal workings of the heart. These range from severe life threatening conditions that need […]
NHS England and Cardiothoracic Society comment on safety of children’s heart surgery at Bristol Children’s Hospital
NHS England and the Society for Cardiothoracic Surgery today commented on the current safety of children’s heart surgery at Bristol Children’s Hospital. It follows last week’s meeting between Sir Bruce Keogh and families of children who died at the hospital, where it was agreed that there should be an independent review, chaired by Sir Ian […]