Heart Diseases: Surgery

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 specialist aortic surgery facilities there are in the UK; and if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of introducing more specialist aortic surgery centres.

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

There are currently 28 specialised cardiac surgery centres in England.

NHS England and NHS Improvement has advised that the Specialised Cardiac Improvement Programme includes a workstream on cardiac surgery, but this and previous work has not identified the need for additional surgical centres. The aim is to further develop networked centres to increase access to surgeons who have developed and can maintain particular expertise in aortic dissection surgery.

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