SWCAR the anomaly register for the South West
SWCAR aims to provide an accurate picture of the incidence of birth anomalies across the South West of England from Cornwall to Wiltshire.
Since January 2002 we have been collecting data on all suspected and confirmed congenital anomalies identified in utero, at birth or in childhood. We include any anomaly newly diagnosed up to a child's 18th birthday. In addition to live births and stillbirths affected by anomalies we also collect data on all terminations and miscarriages where an anomaly is present.
We aim to provide an accurate source of data on congenital anomalies to aid surveillance of birth defects and to act as a resource for research, audit and service planning.
Since April 2015 SWCAR is part of the National Congenital Anomalies and Rare Diseases Registration Service (NCARDRS), a Public Health England programme whose main objective is to develop and run a national congenital anomaly and rare disease registration service for England. SWCAR covers the population of Gloucestershire, South Gloucestershire, Bristol, North Somerset, Swindon, Wiltshire, Bath and Northeast Somerset, Somerset, Devon and Cornwall.