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Heart care services in the spotlight
9:20am Friday 18th May 2012 in News
HEART patients are being asked for their views on care and treatment in a major consultation which could change the face of services in our region.
The review by NHS Specialised Services could see heart doctors and surgery services concentrated in fewer centres in the UK with congenital heart disease (ACHD) patients being sent to the most suitable location.
A similar scheme for child heart surgery services has proved controversial, with parents of sick children in York concerned about increased journey times to hospitals further afield.
A consultation is now being launched ahead of the review.
Prof John Deanfield, acting chairman of the advisory group, said services for ACHD patients needed to be developed to evolve with the growing patient population and urged people to give their views.
Michael Cumper, chairman of the Grown Up Congenital Heart Patients’ Association, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for people with congenital heart disease to help shape the future of their service.”
All views should be submitted by Friday, July 27. To take part go to specialisedservices.nhs.uk/info/adults-with-congenital-heart-disease