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Hospital halts children’s heart operations after three deaths

Posted in: Medical Negligence Wrongful & Accidental Death 

A Glasgow hospital has suspended heart operations on children after it emerged that three children died after having operations there. The fatalities occurred at Yorkhill Hospital, which was closed earlier this month, within one month of each other. The National Services Division, on behalf of the Scottish Government, has since launched an investigation, which will look at the cardiology department, intensive care, anaesthetics and cardiac surgery.

Where the hospital has been closed, the services have been moved to the new Royal Hospital for Sick Children at the South Glasgow Hospitals campus, where an investigation of clinical practice is also being carried out.

“upmost sympathy”

Health Secretary Shona Robinson said she had “upmost sympathy” for the families affected by the recent fatalities. She said that the investigation would ensure that the cause of these deaths is pinpointed and resolved to guarantee that these accidents don’t repeat themselves.

A spokeswoman for NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (NHS GGC) said the Paediatric Cardiac Surgical Service has always taken pride in its high level of survival rates. She said:

“Any deaths which occur are fully reviewed and in line with our ongoing processes of continual scrutiny and ongoing quality improvement we have invited external colleagues from another UK specialist unit to review our clinical practice.”

The health board is additionally carrying out an internal review of how staff and specialist teams involved in surgery communicate and work together.

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