Campaigners are holding a meeting in Leicester to oppose the ending of children's heart surgery at Glenfield Hospital.Read the full story ›
Will Huxter is Regional Director of Specialised Commissioning at NHS England.
He explains why the organisation is considering removing children's heart surgery at Glenfield...
First face-to-face public meeting between the NHS, the hospital, the council, members of the public and the media.Read the full story ›
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.
A special meeting on the future of the children's heart centre at Glenfield Hospital will be held tonight.Read the full story ›
The petition was set up by Nick Kirk, from Hinckley, who works at Leicester's hospitals.Read the full story ›
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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."