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National Congenital Heart Disease Audit 2014/15


The National Congenital Heart Disease Audit (NCHDA) publishes the 2012/15 annual analysis. The findings are based on data submitted by 34 hospitals including all 14 specialist paediatric centres.

This covers all NHS and private paediatric and congenital heart disease procedures undertaken at centres in the UK and Republic of Ireland. Analyses are based on 30,929 paediatric and congenital heart surgery and interventions undertaken between April 1st 2012 and March 31st 2015.

Key findings from the report include:

  • during 2014-15, the most recent year, 10,096 procedures were carried out, of which 7,279 were on children and 2,817 were on adults;
  • the number of procedures undertaken and activity levels have increased by almost 40% since 2000;
  • survival at 30 days after all 73 major surgical and cardiovascular interventions undertaken to treat congenital heart disease at any age was good in all centres. All hospitals had survival rates above the alarm limit for all procedures. Only two centres had 30 day survival rates which breached the alert limit for one of the 73 specific procedures during this period:

o Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital (for surgical repair of atrial septal defect in adults, and

o Evelina London Children’s Hospital (for the Norwood procedure in children);

o both hospitals have been notified, the responses from the hospitals reviewed, and the quality of local services assured.

The full report is available on the NCHDA webpage: Report

Results of all procedures for children and adults are available on the NCHDA public portal:

UPDATE: Following communication with contributing Trusts, we have been notified of an issue with  the National Congenital Heart Disease Report 12-15 published on 4th April including minor inconsistencies with the tables and funnels for specific procedures. We are currently resolving the issue and will re-issue the report as soon as possible.  We apologise for any inconvenience.