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Fears over future of children's heart unit again

Doctors urge the public to keep up the pressure to save children's heart unit in Southampton.

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Fears over future of children's heart unit, again

The specialist service sees more than 10,000 patients a year

Members of the public are being urged to keep up the pressure in order to save a children's heart unit in Hampshire.

NHS England is holding public consultations over the future of ten specialist surgical centres around the country - including the paediatric cardiac service at Southampton Children's Hospital.

The unit had previously been spared closure in 2012, after plans to create fewer, larger centres were suspended in Parliament.

During the original review process, Southampton was rated as the second-highest performing children's heart surgery centre in England. The unit also had the best survival rate of the ten centres under review - at 98.5%.

More than 10,000 patients visit the hospital each year, which also has support services in Oxford.

Experts and campaigners say heart surgery units must remain. Dr. Kevin Roman is a Consultant Paediatric Cardiologist:

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