Child heart op units shake-up

Hospitals in Leicester, Leeds and the Royal Brompton in London are to stop performing heart surgery on children. The move is aimed at streamlining paediatric heart services.

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Leeds City Council condemns decision to close children’s heart surgery unit

Leeds City Council have released a statement following the announcement the Children's Heart Surgery Unit will close.

Leeds City Council condemns today’s decision by the Joint Committee of Primary Care Trusts to close the children’s heart surgery unit in Leeds.There is absolutely no doubt that the loss of this facility will have a serious and detrimental impact on ill and vulnerable children and their families right across our region.The decision will leave 5.5 million people in Yorkshire and Humberside, and 14 million people living within a two hour drive of Leeds severely and disproportionately disadvantaged.

– COUNCILLOR LISA MULHERIN, EXECUTIVE MEMBER RESPONSIBLE FOR PUBLIC HEALTH

They add they will be making an immediate referral of the decision to the Secretary of State for Health given the significance this decision has for the region and local health services.

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Leeds, Leicester and Royal Brompton to continue child heart surgery for now

The Royal Brompton in west London, Leeds General Infirmary and Glenfield Hospital in Leicester will not stop providing surgery immediately as plans to implement the new streamlined service are still being developed.

It is understood that the hospitals will continue to provide the specialist procedures throughout 2013.

Once they stop providing surgery the units will still see patients for diagnosis, monitoring and non-surgical treatment.

Specialist units in Leicester, Leeds, and London to stop child heart ops

Hospitals in Leicester, Leeds and the Royal Brompton in London are to stop performing heart surgery on children Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Archive

Hospitals in Leicester, Leeds and the Royal Brompton in London are to stop performing heart surgery on children, it was announced today.

In a move to streamline paediatric heart services, three of the 10 specialist units in England will stop performing such procedures on children.

The move comes after an NHS review which concluded that expertise was spread too thinly in the 10 sites and should be concentrated in fewer hospitals.

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Child heart surgery units review announcement due shortly

Ten hospitals that perform child heart surgery in England will find out shortly if they are one of up to four child units that will have to stop performing operations.

If a hospital is selected as one which will stop performing heart surgery on children, it will not cease procedures immediately.

It is understood that the hospitals will continue to provide the specialist procedures throughout 2013 while plans to implement the new streamlined service are being developed.

Once the selected hospitals stop surgery, the units will still see patients for diagnosis, monitoring and non-surgical treatment.

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