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19 November 2007

Papworth Hospital Gets Go Ahead to Restart Heart Transplantation Service

Today (11 November 2007) Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust has been informed by the Healthcare Commission that it can restart its heart transplantation service with immediate effect after agreeing to implement the recommendations outlined in the Healthcare Commission’s review.

Commenting on the outcome of the review, Stephen Bridge, Chief Executive Papworth Hospital says: ‘’We are pleased to announce that following the positive outcome of the independent review by the Healthcare Commission that Papworth Hospital has resumed its heart transplantation service. We welcome the report and embrace all its recommendations, many of which endorse procedures that we already have in place.

‘’We have a highly professional and dedicated transplant team and this report shows that we have many robust systems in place which contribute to the tremendous team effort that goes towards providing excellent care for our patients.‘’

Mr Steven Tsui, Clinical Director, Transplant Services, Papworth Hospital comments: ‘’ Patient safety is of paramount importance to us. We believe the process we have gone through in this review has been rigorous and proper and will help us continue to provide the best possible outcomes for our patients.

‘’We have assured the Healthcare Commission that we are able to implement their recommendations with immediate effect. They have accepted this and as a result we are delighted to be able to resume the service for our patients.”

Please follow the link below to the Healthcare Commission Website which includes a copy of the review.

update: This website has since closed down and the link does not work

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For further information:

Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust: Katharine Boness, Communications Manager, direct telephone 01480 364929 or Carol Sharp, direct telephone 01480 364240.

The Healthcare Commission: Megan Tudehope, Senior Press Officer, direct line 0207 448 9210 or Alero Harrison m 07917 232 143.

Editor’s notes

Background to the Health Commission Review of Papworth Hospital’s Heart Transplantation Service

The review by the Healthcare Commission was conducted following an internal audit at Papworth Hospital that identified a small increase in early mortality following cardiac transplantation. As a result of this the Trust followed correct procedure and informed the Department of Health, who requested that the Healthcare Commission review the heart transplant service at the Trust. A team, including clinical and technical experts, began the review two weeks ago and presented its conclusions to the Chief Medical Officer this week.

About Papworth Hospital

Papworth Hospital is the UK’s largest provider of specialist heart and lung services, notably cardiology, respiratory medicine, cardiothoracic surgery and heart and lung transplantation. It treats over 20,000 inpatient and day cases and almost 30,000 outpatients each year. Performing the UK’s first successful heart transplant in 1979 and pioneering the first transplant of a “beating heart” in 2006, Papworth Hospital has established global renown as a clinical and research centre of excellence.

About the Healthcare Commission

The Healthcare Commission is the health watchdog in England. It keeps check on health services to ensure that they are meeting standards in a range of areas. The Commission also promotes improvements in the quality of healthcare and public health in England through independent, authoritative, patient-centred assessments of those who provide services.


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