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Leeds to host consultation meeting on Congenital Heart Disease

Tuesday 14th March 2017

NHS England is currently undertaking a public consultation on how it will put in place new standards for hospitals providing congenital heart disease services across England.

01-lgi-jubilee.jpgThis includes the regional service provided from Leeds General Infirmary and Leeds Children’s Hospital.

The consultation, which runs until Monday 5 June, aims to gather as many views as possible from patients, families and clinical experts and includes face-to-face meetings around the country, webinars and an online survey.

The Leeds meeting will be starting at 5pm on Tuesday 21 March in the Littlewood Hall at Leeds General Infirmary (this is in the old part of the building – anyone attending is advised to go first to the Jubilee Wing main entrance and get directions from there).

Patients and families are welcome to attend – there is no need to register. The format will be a presentation at the start of the meeting, followed by questions and answers.

The current consultation follows the publication in 2015 of a new set of quality standards for all hospitals providing congenital heart disease.  The standards were developed over a period of two years in conjunction with hundreds of patients and their families, clinical experts from more than 15 hospitals, Royal Colleges and more than 30 charities  Now NHS England is seeking views and input on how the standards can be put into practice.

To ensure the best outcomes for patients, the standards set out the need for surgeons to do a minimum of 125 cases per year, the equivalent of three per week. They also require that there should be a minimum of three surgeons in the team to cover the workload 24 hours a day, rising to four surgeons per team by April 2021. To make sure critically ill children receive the full range of support, the standards also specify that specialist children’s cardiac services must also only be delivered where there are also a wider range of other paediatric specialities present on the same hospital site.

All of the documents relating to the consultation can be found at: www.engage.england.nhs.uk