Since children’s heart surgery stopped in Oxford in 2010, children continue to receive their cardiology care in Oxford, whilst all surgical interventions take place at Southampton. This has provided an opportunity to utilise specialist skills and knowledge across the region. Although based across two main hub-sites the team works as one, between both centres to ensure that children receive the benefits of the concentration of expertise that complex surgery requires, whilst at the same time maintaining the maximum possible range of services and expertise locally. The Network receives referrals from 23 district general hospitals stretching as far north as Northamptonshire and as far south as Cornwall and the Channel Islands. Oxford and Southampton Children’s Hospitals are committed to ensuring that each individual child is treated in the best place for them whether that is at home, or in their local hospital at Southampton or Oxford.
A national review of Congenital Cardiac services has continued for a number of years. The most recent papers can be viewed on the links below:
Congenital Heart Disease Services for Adults and Children: Future Commissioning Arrangements
Annex A: A Congenital Heart Disease Consultation Report