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Mother 'gobsmacked' children's heart centre may close

A mother whose daughter is currently at Glenfield Hospital has been speaking to ITV News Central about the potential closure of its' children's heart unit.

It comes ahead of a special meeting tonight.

Ann Edwards' daughter, Penelope, was whisked to Glenfield Hospital after her lungs collapsed last week. Their specialist equipment managed to save her life.

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Drive to recruit more nurses for child care in Leicester

The Glenfield Hospital in Leicester needs more nurses Credit: ITV News Central

Health bosses are stepping up their efforts to find more nurses to care for child patients at one the region's main heart hospitals.

A recruitment open day is being held this Saturday for qualified nurses to join the Children's Cardiac Unit at Leicester's Glenfield Hospital.

The unit is currently being expanded to provide better facilities to care for children born with congenital heart disease.

We are passionate about providing the highest standard of care to children born with congenital heart disease and are currently expanding our unit with ambitious plans to provide even better facilities for our families and staff.

– Carmel Hunt, matron for paediatric cardiology, Glenfield Hospital

On the day there will be interview opportunities, informal discussions with senior members of nursing staff, recruitment incentives, and department tours and goodie bags. A presentation will be followed by a free lunch and an opportunity to ask any questions.

Multi-million pound heart centre opens in Leicester

New multi-million pound heart centre Credit: University of Leicester

A multi-million pound heart facility will be officially opened at at Glenfield Hospital in Leicester today. The University of Leicester British Heart Foundation Cardiovascular Research Centre aims to improve diagnosis and treatment of heart diseases.

Funding for the new centre has come from a number of different charities and foundations including the British Heart Foundation, the Wolfson Foundation and the Edith Murphy Foundation.

Director of Development, Steve O'Conn said the centre will:

"Improve the health and life expectancy of patients and the public in Leicester, the UK and ultimately worldwide"

Children to give views on heart services at Glenfield Hospital

Children and young people who currently or have used heart services at Glenfield Hospital are to give their views on the services as part of a review into heart units.

Glenfield Hospital in Leicester Credit: Rui Vieira/PA

It is hoped the new Congenital Heart Disease review will enable NHS England to understand what is important to patients who currently use or have used heart services.

Giles Peek, consultant cardiothoracic surgeon for Leicester's Hospitals, said: "We welcome the decision NHS England has made to involve children and young people in the review, as they are ultimately the ones using the service."

The new review was set up after another review collapsed in June 2013, which threatened to close the East Midlands Congenital Heart Centre.

Leicestershire woman one of the first to have pioneering operation

Glenfield Hospital the first in the UK to perform pioneering heart operation Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Experts from Glenfield Hospital have repaired a dysfunctional heart valve by inserting a tiny implant measuring just 23mm in size.

It has never been done in the UK before.

The first patient who underwent this ground-breaking surgery was Mrs Elizabeth Rowland, who is 84-years-old, from Leicestershire, she says:

"I’m so pleased to have had this operation - it has given me a new lease of life. I can move about more and I don’t need quite so much medication. I’m pleased to be one of the first in the UK to have this procedure."

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