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Cambridgeshire hospital to stop providing some heart services to adult patients

Papworth Hospital has been performing pioneering surgery for more than 30 years Credit: ITV News Anglia

The world-famous heart transplant hospital, Papworth in Cambridgeshire, has been told it will no longer be able to offer medical treatment to adults born with heart defects.

Papworth Hospital in Cambridgeshire Credit: PA

The hospital, which specialises in heart surgery, will lose its non-surgical Level Two centre.

It means it will no longer be able to treat adults with congenital heart disease - conditions they've had since birth.

The hospital has been performing pioneering surgery for more than 30 years, but could now lose hundreds of thousands of pounds in funding.

The hospital carried out out world firsts in the field of heart, lung and liver transplants. Credit: ITV News Anglia

In a statement Papworth said it was disappointed with the decision.

We are disappointed with the decision to cease this service as we believe that the congenital heart disease services provided at Papworth are of the highest clinical-quality and safety.

However we understand and support NHS England's overall approach to consolidating specialist cardiac services throughout the country.

We are confident that our results show that this service is safe and very successful at Papworth and therefore we will aim to work collaboratively with NHS England over the coming months to ensure that our patients continue to receive the best possible standards of care and treatment for congenital heart disease at Papworth now and in the future.

– Papworth hopsital

NHS England is cutting the number of specialist cardiac centres by a third.

Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital. Credit: PA

It's likely that the Norfolk and Norwich hospital will be the only unit in the Anglia region able to carry out some specialist heart treatment.