Special Report: Children's heart surgery

Ahead of the review committee, who will decide the future of children's heart surgery in the region, visiting the North East - we hear from surgeons on the frontline.

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Children's heart services review

An independent review panel is visiting the Children's Heart Unit at the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle later.

They are investigating a decision, made earlier this year, to close some hospitals and create centres of excellence.

It is part of a move to improve the service and concentrate expert surgeons in bigger units.

The panel was ordered to carry out the review by the Department of Health.

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