Sophie, the Countess of Wessex was in the region today to officially open a new unit at the Leeds Children's Hospital. The paediatric intensive care unit opened during the summer, replacing two smaller units at a cost of almost two million pounds.
The Countess met staff and former patients, as part of her role as Patron of the Children's Hospital. Among them was Dr Mike Richards.
Sophie, the Countess of Wessex officially opened a new unit at the Leeds Children's Hospital earlier. Her Royal Highness met staff and former patients at the paediatric intensive care unit.
A children's heart surgeon has been suspended from performing any operations at a unit that is facing closure.
The paediatric surgeon, at Leeds Children's Hospital, has agreed not to carry out any procedures while "aspects of his surgical practice" are assessed.
Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust said he had been asked to stop operating this week after concerns were raised.
But they denied that it was related to recent allegations that they had resisted sending children to a different children's unit.
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.