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Proposed Changes to Specialist Cleft Surgical Service in NHS Scotland

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11 Apr 2016

The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh have today [11 April] written to National Services Scotland in response to their proposed changes to the Specialist Cleft Surgical Service in NHS Scotland.

"RCSEd fully supports the regionalisation of specialist services into centres of excellence where there is a clear clinical benefit for doing so.  As such, we endorse the changes to Specialist Cleft Surgical Service in NHS Scotland as proposed by National Services Scotland.

RCSEd supports these proposals for the following reasons;
  • The nature of cleft surgery, being mainly elective and semi-urgent, means that focusing on one centre will result in the highest surgical standards.
  • Focusing on one site for the most specialist services is essential in ensuring that competencies can be maintained and enhanced. In addition, having all surgeons on one site allows for individuals to lead on a subspecialisation facilitating clinical improvements and so better outcomes for patients.
  • A single site service helps ensure the safety and continuity of the service as cover can be facilitated by a team in a way that is not possible for a single surgeon working in isolation.”

For more information on this or any other consultation response please contact Andrew Mullinex at a.mullinex@rcsed.ac.uk

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