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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