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Child heart patients given exercise prescriptions

Children with heart problems have often been given conflicting advice about whether they can exercise, and what type of activity is safe. But that's now changed.

The charity Heart Research UK has launched an exercise toolkit in Bristol, meaning young cardiac patients across the country can be given a prescription for the kind of physical activity that will suit them best. Ken Goodwin reports.

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Bristol hospital criticised for PR costs

The Trust that looks after Bristol Children's Hospital is paying a private Public Relations company more than 10,000 pounds a month. Its using the firm to handle media enquiries relating to its children's heart unit.

The hospital has come under increased scrutiny since a review began into their paediatric cardiac services.

More than 10 families whose children were treated there, have accused the hospital of neglect and mistreatment. This exclusive report from our Health Correspondent Katie Rowlett.

Parents shocked at hospital PR pay-out

The parents of four-year-old Sean Turner, who died six weeks after having heart surgery at the Bristol Children's Hospital, say they are shocked that the Trust is paying a private PR firm to deal with enquiries about its children's heart unit.

We are shocked Bristol are spending that amount of money on PR with regard to media around cardiac services ahead of the Kennedy Review which seems a bit underhand.We would question what children's services are going without financially in order to pay for outside PR company when they do have their own internal media people

– Yolanda and Steve Turner, Sean's parents

Bristol Hospital Trust criticised for private PR costs

The Trust which looks after Bristol Children's Hospital is paying a private PR company around £10,000 a month to handle enquiries relating to its children's heart unit.

The hospital has come under increased scrutiny since a review began into their paediatric cardiac services. More than 10 families, whose children were treated there, have accused the hospital of neglect and mistreatment.

The Trust says they have hired the firm Grayling on a short term basis given the significant increase in media attention.

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Hospital denies delays in calling cardiologist

A leaked report into the death of a four-month-old baby has found that a cardiologist wasn't called until 20 minutes after she arrived at Bristol Children's Hospital by ambulance.

Lacey Marie Poton from Bristol had a cardiac arrest shortly after being sent home after an operation on her heart.

In a statement, the trust that runs Bristol Children's Hospital denies the alleged delays.

The Trust would like to convey its sincere condolences again to the family of Lacey Marie Poton.

As previous reports have identified, The Trust was not notified in advance of Lacey Marie’s arrival by the ambulance service. On arrival she was immediately assessed by an expert team including the emergency department consultant. Once this urgent assessment was complete, she was moved into the dedicated resuscitation area and resuscitation was commenced.

A hospital emergency call was activated immediately bringing the intensive care team, including a consultant. Within five mins, the attendance of the cardiology consultant was requested who arrived from home within 20 mins. This process is consistent with standard practice and took place within expected timeframes for a case of this nature.

– University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust

Hospital failed to call cardiologist

Four-month-old Lacey Marie Poton suffered a cardiac arrest shortly after being sent home after an operation on her heart. Credit: ITV West Country

A leaked report into the death of a four-month-old baby from Bristol has found that a cardiologist wasn't called until twenty minutes after she arrived at Bristol Children's Hospital by ambulance.

Lacey Marie Poton suffered a cardiac arrest shortly after being sent home after an operation on her heart.

Now a report by South Western Ambulance Service obtained by ITV West Country outlines that a cardiologist was not alerted by the hospital when the baby arrived.

In February another internal report demonstrated a catalogue of mistakes by the ambulance service in their response. They have since apologised.

First patients begin move from Frenchay

The first patients are to leave Frenchay Hospital in Bristol later, marking the beginning of the 80-year-old building's closure.

Children's specialist services which include burns, neurosurgery and emergency care are being moved to the Bristol Royal Hospital for Children.

Specialist services are being moved to the Bristol Royal Hospital for Children Credit: ITV News West Country

Other care will be offered via outpatient appointments at various locations. Patients are being urged to make sure they're clear about where they have to go.

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