Survey shows PH referrals up by more than 20 per cent Written by Mary Ferguson on Wednesday 4th of May 2016. The number of new referrals for patients with pulmonary hypertension has increased by over a fifth during the last five years, according to the latest National Audit report. The Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) has published its survey findings that show the number of new referrals for PH has risen from 1,789 in 2010 to 2,169 in 2015 – representing an increase of 21 per cent. The nationwide audit involves all PH centres and gathers statistical evidence which describes clinical practice; provides information for future service planning; and measures clinical outcomes. In addition to the increase in the number of new referrals, the data shows a 56 per cent increase in the number of patients being treated at the UK’s eight specialist PH centres. It shows 6,671 were treated in 2015 compared to 4,287 in 2010, when the first audit took place. The full report of the 2015 audit can be viewed here The audit was founded by Dr Simon Gibbs, lead clinician and honorary consultant cardiologist for the National Pulmonary Hypertension Service at Hammersmith Hospital in London. He said: “The report shows that specialist pulmonary hypertension centres are also having to deal with an increasing number of patients who need specialist treatments, reflecting an ever increasing awareness of pulmonary hypertension.” PHA UK played a vital role in setting up the National Pulmonary Hypertension Audit by funding its first year in 2010.