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The chief executive of the Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has confirmed the Freeman hospital does have capacity to deal with cases from other parts of the country.
Sir Leonard Fenwick said: "‘There is capacity, albeit finite, to receive cases from elsewhere in the UK as we do and always have done on a daily basis, and this does include the North of England and Yorkshire."
A medical expert from the North East says a decision must be made quickly about the future of children's heart services in this region.
Former president of The Royal College of Paediatrics & Child Health Prof Sir Alan Craft said an ongoing argument could be putting young lives at risk.
Last week a High Court Judge quashed an earlier decision to close the unit in Leeds and move surgery to Newcastle.
Meetings will take place later over the future of children's heart surgery. Non urgent surgery was cancelled at Leeds General Infirmary last week. In the meantime Newcastle's Freeman hospital has been taking referrals.
The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu visited the Leeds children's heart unit today to lead prayers with patients and staff.
It comes after surgery was suspended following claims of high death rates, something doctors there say is "inaccurate and misleading."
Staff at the Children's Heart Unit at the Freeman hospital in Newcastle are preparing to take referrals whilst an investigation takes place.
Health watchdog NHS England today praised Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust for suspending children's heart surgery - while checks are made to ensure the unit is operating safely.
The Freeman Hospital in Newcastle says it will have no problem accommodating children from Leeds General Infirmary after all child's congenital heart surgery there was suspended
In yet another twist to the saga over children's heart services, all child heart operations have been suspended at Leeds General Infirmary.
The decision was made tonight after questions were raised over mortality rates. Newcastle's Freeman hospital has told ITV News Tyne Tees that it will receive referrals from Leeds with immediate effect.
NHS England has praised Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust for pausing paediatric cardiac surgery while checks are made to ensure the unit is operating safely.
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Children's heart surgery is set to resume at Leeds General Infirmary after days of uncertainty over its future.
A health expert from the North East says an argument about the future of children's heart services in our region has wasted time and money.