‘We can do more to improve patients’ experiences’

Cardiovascular disease (CVD) remains a leading cause of illness and death and so is also a significant use of the health services and its budgets. In Surrey Heartlands coronary heart disease and cerebrovascular disease are the second and third largest contributors respectively to premature mortality.

Two thirds of deaths could be avoided through improved prevention, earlier detection of factors such as hypertension and diabetes and improved treatment in primary care.

New Public Health England analysis suggests that there is now an opportunity to prevent more than 9,000 heart attacks and at least 14,000 strokes in England over the next three years with better detection and management of high blood pressure, high cholesterol and atrial fibrillation.

What’s more, they have published charts for each sustainability and transformation partnership. To see the size of the prize in Surrey Heartlands click here.

We will develop and operate under one Surrey Heartlands cardiovascular operating model which delivers a best in class cardiology service across the region.

Committed to the Surrey Heartlands citizen-led co-design communications and engagement initiative, we are already talking to clinicians including cardiovascular GPs, consultants, pharmacists and specialist nurses as well as an invited audience of members of the public to:

  • communicate and discuss the population needs across Surrey Heartlands
  • share good practice
  • agree priority areas of work and start to investigate optimal pathways
  • agree the next steps and how the work programme is collaboratively developed

Look out for our next workshop in our Surrey Heartlands calendar.

Programme manager

The programme manager for cardiovascular is Luke Burton from Surrey County Council.