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.