Heart unit campaign

There's has been a blow for campaigners trying to keep the Leeds Children's Heart Unit open.

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Heart unit disappointment

Gaynor Bearder's son Joel has been going to the Children's Heart Unit in Leeds since he was a baby. He was diagnosed with a heart murmur shortly after birth. She says campaigners will not give up their fight to keep the unit open.

It is after the Royal Brompton Hospital in London lost their appeal at the High Court challenging the consultation process. If they had been successful it could have meant a review into heart unit services at other hospitals, including the one in Leeds.

Heart unit reaction

Sharon Cheng from the Children's Heart Surgery fund.

Campaigners fighting to save the Leeds children's heart unit say whilst they're disappointed with a High Court ruling today - which could pave the way for the closure of the centre - they intend to fight on.

Heart surgery for children may cease at Leeds General Infirmary following a national review aimed at streamlining such services. Supporters of the West Yorkshire unit were awaiting the outcome of a legal challenge mounted by the Royal Brompton Hospital in London.

But the Court of Appeal today ruled that the consultation process was lawful.

Heart unit developments

Sister Heather Wardle speaks to patient Joel Bearder and his mum, Gaynor, at the Leeds Children's Heart Unit. It is after a court ruling that NHS bosses lawfully carried out a consultation at a London hospital, where a unit also faces closure.

If the Royal Brompton Hospital had won their appeal it could have meant a review into services in Leeds.

Heart unit campaign continues

Joel Bearder and his mum Gaynor Credit: Tina Gelder

Parents and campaigners are continuing to fight to keep the Leeds Children's Heart unit open. It follows a ruling at the Court of Appeal that a consultation at another hospital where a unit faces closure was done lawfully.

If the Royal Brompton Hospital had won their appeal it could have meant services at other hospitals, including the one in Leeds, would have been reviewed.

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Heart unit campaign

There has been a knock to the campaign to save the Children's Heart Unit in Leeds. Major consultations that led to proposals to close the children's heart surgery unit at London's Royal Brompton Hospital were ruled lawful by the Court of Appeal today.

It had been thought if the hospital had successfully appealed the consultations, then other units, like the one in Leeds, would have be reviewed again.

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    There is a blow to campaigners trying to save the Children's Heart Unit in Leeds.