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Eur J Vasc Endovasc Surg. 2012 Nov;44(5):465-7. doi: 10.1016/j.ejvs.2012.09.004. Epub 2012 Sep 21.

Remodelling of vascular (surgical) services in the UK.

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  • 1Department of Vascular Surgery, Gloucestershire Royal Hospital, Gloucester, UK. jjearnshaw@tiscali.co.uk

Abstract

The last few years have seen major changes in the delivery of vascular services in the UK. An increasingly elderly population with greater expectations from their medical services has challenged established methods. It also became apparent that outcomes for low volume, high risk index vascular interventions such as abdominal aortic aneurysm repair were poor in the UK compared to the rest of Europe. Other ongoing challenges were the introduction of a national aortic aneurysm screening programme and the development of vascular surgery as a separate speciality. This article details the approach taken to modernise vascular services in the UK, using a quality framework agreed by vascular specialists, which drove the structural change to move vascular interventions into fewer, higher volume centres. The introduction of modern networks is designed to maintain services in surrounding hospitals without on site vascular inpatient services. The initial effects of this service remodelling are positive, with elective aortic aneurysm mortality rates falling nationally from 7.5 to 2.4 per cent.

Copyright © 2012 European Society for Vascular Surgery. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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