Familial Hypercholesterolaemia

Department of Health written question – answered on 27th October 2017.

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Photo of Julia Lopez Julia Lopez Conservative, Hornchurch and Upminster

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he has made an assessment of the adequacy of the referral pathway for patients with familial hypercholesterolemia.

Photo of Steve Brine Steve Brine The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

Work is ongoing to help develop pathways of care for patients once a positive diagnosis of familial hypercholesterolemia (FH) is made.

Public Health England is working with NHS England, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, HEART UK and the British Heart Foundation on the development of an implementation guide; expected to be published shortly. The guide is for commissioners and local health economies, and aims to help facilitate the development of local FH services, supporting better identification and management of people and families affected by FH, across England.

NHS England and Genomics England are working to reconfigure genetic services in England and this should help ensure that genetic testing is more widely available.

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