Welcome to the Scottish Adult Congenital Cardiac Service (SACCS)

It is estimated that there are more than 15 000 patients over the age of 16 years with congenital heart disease now living within Scotland. 

It is estimated that 78% of children will survive into adulthood and that approximately 135 patients each year make the transition from the paediatric services. This means that by 2010, there will be an estimated 15,600 adult patients in Scotland living with adult congenital cardiac disease.

SACCS funded by the National Service Division has been developed in response to the needs of those with congenital heart disease who are now surviving into adulthood. The service has recently introduced cardiac MRI scanning as the most up-to-date diagnostic tool available, and is in the process of developing its outreach arrangements, aiming to provide appropriate local support for those living with congenital heart disease, with ready access to the specialist centre.

The Scottish Adult Congenital Cardiac Service (SACCS), previously known as the Grown-Up Congenital Heart unit (GUCH), provides ongoing care for patients with moderate to complex congenital heart disorders, optimising the transition of care from the paediatric to adult sectors. Interventional and surgical services are provided for congenital patients from across Scotland.

The Service is based at the Golden Jubilee National Hospital, Clydebank, Scotland and provides the full range of support, care and treatment services to manage adult patients with congenital heart disease, ages 16 and older. The Service offers medical and other professional resources using a multidisciplinary approach in one centralised location.

This Service works closely with the many hospitals throughout Scotland where we participate in joint clinics.  These include an adolescent clinic at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Glasgow; providing a continuity of care from the paediatric to the adult service. The SACCS clinicians also provide support for pregnant women with congenital heart conditions at the Southern General Hospital.

These pages are designed for NHS employees within Scotland irrespective of Health Board, and for patients and carers.


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