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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."


Leicester first to perform pioneering heart operation

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

The pioneering system gives surgeons improved control of the valve throughout the keyhole procedure. It has never been done in the UK before.

It is great to be part of the first team in the UK to successfully use the Lotus Valve System™. This is further recognition of the work done by the pioneering cardiac team at Glenfield Hospital.

Multiple specialities, including the cardiology team, cardiac surgeons, radiology, nurses and anaesthetic support, worked closely together to successfully carry out this procedure.

– Dr Jan Kovac, consultant cardiologist at Leicester’s Hospitals

Leicestershire hospital's singing doctor is YouTube hit

A singing doctor from a Leicestershire hospital has become an internet hit for his educational music video about asthma.

Dr Tapas Mukherjee, from Glenfield Hospital has more than 24,000 hits on YouTube for his video 'Breakfast at Glenfield'.

With lyrics fitted to Deep Blue Something's Breakfast at Tiffany's, Dr Mukherjee sings about the guidelines medics should follow when treating asthma patients.

CQC issues warnings after high number of suicides

The Care Quality Commission has issued Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust with warnings, after figures revealed a high number of suicides at a Mental Health Unit.

A Freedom of Information request found that ten people have committed suicide at the Bradgate Unit in the Glenfield Hospital since 2010.

The NHS Trust Board say they have made a number of recent improvements.

The Bradgate Unit in the Glenfield Hospital Credit: ITV News Central

Fresh hope for campaigners wanting to save children's heart unit

There is fresh hope tonight for campaigners opposed to the planned closure of the children's heart surgery unit at Glenfield Hospital in Leicester.

The Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has ordered a rethink after independent experts ruled that the original review process was "flawed".

It's a decision welcomed by families and their supporters. Our political correspondent Alison Mackenzie reports.


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Heart unit campaigner: 'They're finally listening to us'

Save Our Surgery activist and former patient Joe Barry, 16, said he was glad about the decision to suspend the closure of his local heart unit at Leeds General Infirmary.

"If I was born and this unit wasn't here I wouldn't have survived [the journey] to Newcastle," he said.

Former patient and now Save Our Surgery campaigner Joe Barry, aged 16, at Leeds General Infirmary Credit: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire

"It saved my life and I can't let this happen to anyone else.

"The news today, it's great. All the things that we've put forward to have a look at, it's all happening. After three years of fighting they're finally listening to us."

Lisa Rushworth and son Jack Credit: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire

Lisa Rushworth, whose son Jack was treated at Leeds, said she hoped the hospital would now have a chance to make its case based "on more statistics and actual facts".

Jack, 11, said: "They've looked after me really well."

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Campaigners 'vindicated' by child heart unit decision

Members of the Save Our Surgery campaign group have welcomed the decision not to close a childrens' heart unit in Leeds.

Spokeswoman Sharon Cheng said that the Health Secretary's comments earlier today "completely vindicated" the stand taken by the group:

We are pleased and relieved that the Health Secretary has decided that a new review is necessary before NHS England can decide where children’s heart surgery services should reside in England and Wales.

His comments about the Safe & Sustainable process and outcome completely vindicate the action that we took to challenge this, and demonstrate that exposing the flaws in the review was the right and necessary thing to do ...

The trauma experienced by patients and families across our Region throughout the Safe & Sustainable process, as acknowledged by the Health Secretary, must never be repeated.

– Sharon Cheng, Save Our Surgery
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