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Heart surgery resumes at Papworth

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Heart transplant surgery at Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is to resume following a two week suspension because of a recent rise in the mortality rate.

Surgery was suspended on 2 November, after the trust raised concerns with the chief medical officer because the 2007 mortality rate within thirty days of surgery reached 35%.

The national average is 10%, while the trust’s average for 2006 was 7%.

However the Healthcare Commission today gave the trust a clean bill of health saying there were no common factors to explain the recent rise in the number of deaths.

It did however make a number of recommendations both to the trust and nationally to further improve heart transplant surgery.

Click here for the Healthcare Commission’s full report.

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