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Children's heart unit battle

Newcastle's Freeman Hospital is taking on extra referrals because children's heart surgery is suspended at Leeds General Infirmary.

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Confirmed: Children's heart surgery suspended at Leeds

The Leeds Hospitals NHS Trust has confirmed that children's heart surgery has been suspended with immediate effect. the Chief Executive has apologised to the parents and families affected.

"We have taken the decision to temporarily pause children's congenital cardiac surgery and associated interventions while this review is conducted, a process we would aim to complete in around three weeks. We apologise to parents and families who will be affected during this time, and can assure them we always put the safety of our patients first.

"It is really important to us that the review is done as speedily and comprehensively as possible which, of course, we hope will show the services in Leeds to be safe."

– Maggie Boyle, Chief Executive of Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

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