Aortic Dissection: Diagnosis

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 3rd May 2019.

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Photo of Pauline Latham Pauline Latham Conservative, Mid Derbyshire

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps are being taken to help improve diagnosis of Aortic Dissection.

Photo of Seema Kennedy Seema Kennedy The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

NHS England Specialised Commissioning has a published service specification for cardiac surgery, to support national standards, which include this highly serious condition.

It is recognised that survival rates for emergency interventions are better when care is delivered by a surgeon supported by interventional specialists undertaking higher volumes of these procedures. This point was also highlighted in the Cardiac Surgery Getting It Right First Time (GIRFT) 2018 document, and the NHS England Specialised Cardiac Improvement cardiac surgery work stream is taking forward the GIRFT recommendations, which will also look at how pathways of care for this and other specialised cardiac conditions can be improved by better network working across providers.

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