Child heart services review

Paediatric Cardiac Service review report

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde

This follow up review report investigates the progress NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde and National Services Division (NSD) have made to improve the care given to children and young people with congenital heart disorders at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Glasgow (Yorkhill).

The review was undertaken after the Scottish Government asked Healthcare Improvement Scotland to seek assurances that improvements identified in a previous report – undertaken by an independent review panel in 2012 – were being taken forward by NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde.

Our review found that NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde have made improvements to national children's heart services at Yorkhill.  While recognising the support that patients and families expressed for the service, the review team made a number of recommendations to further improve the quality of service delivery. We have asked NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde to develop an improvement plan in conjunction with NSD to address these recommendations.

Our review report contains an overview of progress to date and a full list of our findings and recommendations.

Published Date: 24 June 2013


Key findings

  • Children's heart services are focused on patients and their families, who were strongly supportive of the care they received at Yorkhill Hospital.
  • Team working between senior team members within the Hospital has improved, and the service now has a stronger relationship with the commissioners (NSD).
  • The Scottish Congenital Cardiac Network, was established on 1 April 2013. This national managed clinical network will develop protocols for care, treatment, transition and referrals for both paediatric and adult congenital heart disease. The national network has been developed with patients, families and clinicians from across Scotland.