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Southampton / Oxford Network 26.01.12

Growing numbers of Oxford families are benefiting as the John Radcliffe and Southampton General partnership goes from “strength to strength”.

And that is despite uncertainty over the NHS Safe and Sustainable reorganisation of children’s heart surgery centres following the Royal Brompton Hospital’s successful legal challenge against the plans.


While centres around the country await the outcome of an appeal by the NHS body, it is business as usual for the Southampton-Oxford network, which sees three Oxford patients undergo surgery in Southampton every week.


With some Oxford consultants dividing their time between both sites, patients remain under close supervision by familiar faces until they are fit enough to head back to the John Radcliffe for ongoing care.


Both teams meet fortnightly to discuss upcoming cases and are now looking to introduce video conferencing to improve communications access.


Mark Hackett, chief executive of University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust, said recently: “We can reassure families in the south of England that our centre continues to go from strength to strength and is already recognised by independent experts as the second highest quality service in England.


“Our successful clinical network with the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford – regarded as a model of safe and sustainable practice – means we are already expanding and we are determined that any decision taken in the future will safeguard the world-class quality and outcomes we achieve for the benefit of families affected by congenital heart disease.”