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Midlands hospitals ready to take on patients from Leeds

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Birmingham Children's Hospital and Glenfield Hospital in Leicester say they are ready to take on patients from Leeds General Infirmary.

Children's congenital heart surgery service has been suspended at the Yorkshire hospital whilst an internal review is carried out by the Care Quality Commission.

It's after data suggested a death rate twice the national average.

Giles Peak is the Head of Children's Heart Surgery at Glenfield Hospital. He has confirmed to ITV News Central that the hospital is ready to take on patients that need surgery.

He is awaiting a decision to be made in Leeds as to where the patients need to go.

A spokesperson for Birmingham Children's Hospital said they were also ready to take on patients in urgent cases, should the need arise.

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