Southampton children's heart unit rated among UK's top performers

The children’s heart unit at Southampton’s teaching hospitals has been rated one of the best-performing centres in the UK in a new national report.

The latest National Congenital Heart Disease Audit Report, which publishes outcome data for all centres performing major children’s heart surgery, showed Southampton Children’s Hospital had one of the lowest death rates – despite performing some of the most complex operations.

Of the 11 centres in England – and additional units in Scotland and the Republic of Ireland – Southampton was one of only four units to record a higher than expected rate of survival.

As part of the analysis, which is managed by the National Institute for Cardiovascular Outcomes Research (NICOR), each hospital was assessed on how ill its patients were, how high-risk their procedures were and how many survived.

The Southampton centre, which works in partnership with Oxford Children’s Hospital in a clinical network and cares for more than 10,000 patients from across the South of England, performed 829 operations with a survival rate of 98.3% against a predicted score of 97%.

In total, the team carried out 1,905 congenital procedures – surgical and interventional (via catheter) – during the three-year audit period.

Dr Kevin Roman, a consultant paediatric cardiologist and clinical lead, said: “We are all working tirelessly to maintain the highest standards of treatment and care for our children and their families and are delighted to again be rated among the country’s best-performing centres.

“We will continue to grow and develop our service to ensure we remain at the forefront of developments in our field and provide the best possible service for children across the south of England.”

To see the full NICOR report, visit  

Posted on Friday 29 April 2016