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Meeting to detail plans for children's heart surgery review

A meeting will take place in London to give patients' groups more information about a review into the future of children's heart surgery in England, including at Newcastle's Freeman Hospital.

NHS experts want to close some units and concentrate expertise in others.

Yesterday, it was announced that no decision would be taken until next year at the earliest.

Watch: No decision on children's heart surgery until June 2014

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Sir Leonard Fenwick: "Parents choose Newcastle because of breadth of service"

The chief executive of Newcastle Hospitals Foundation Trust says a new campaign to build a "home from home" at the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle shows confidence in the future of the heart unit, which is being looked at as part of a nationwide review by the Health Department.

Sir Leonard Fenwick said: "Parents and their supporters choose to come to Newcastle because of the outcomes and the breadth of service."

Campaign to build 'Home from Home' for hospital families

A campaign is being launched to fund a new two million pound 'Home from Home' at the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle.

The accommodation will benefit families of children who are being treated at the hospital's specialist heart unit.

The funding drive is being launched in partnership by the Sick Children's Trust and the Children's Heart Unit fund.

Progress of transplant patients at Newcastle's Freeman Hospital

by Lucy Taylor

Earlier in 2013, ITV's From The Heart campaign featured the stories of dozens of transplant patients, to highlight the shortage of organ donors.

The campaign had a huge response, with 6,000 people joining the organ donor register in the North East.

Not all of the stories had happy endings, but two that have had their lives transformed by transplants are 5-year-old Aaron McAleese and teenager Joshua Boyle.

You can see more stories from From the Heart here.

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