NHS Digital has developed a Pelvic Floor Registry to monitor and improve patient safety. It records the surgical mesh implants, and related medical devices, given to patients, and the organisations and surgeons that have carried out the procedures.
The registry will also collect information about patients that receive alternative procedures that do not include a medical device or implant so that outcomes can be compared and complications can be understood.
The main aim of the registry is to improve patient safety. It will mean that patients can be traced in the event of a product recall or safety concern relating to a specific type of implant or treatment. Outcomes data collected by the registry will also be used to improve procedures offered to future patients.
The registry has been created in response to a request from Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Matt Hancock, for NHS Digital to support the national reporting of surgical devices and implants.
The registry reflects the recommendations from the First Do No Harm report, produced by the Independent Medicines and Medical Devices Safety Review, which is to:
- Create a central, patient-identifiable database, by collecting important details of all implanted surgical devices at the time of the operation.
- Link the data to specifically created registers to research and audit procedure outcomes, in terms of both device safety and patient reported outcomes measures.