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Mortality rates released for children's heart surgery

Mortality rates for all children's heart surgery centres have been released following the temporary suspension of operations at the Leeds unit. It comes following concerns about death rates at Leeds which emerged after Newcastle's Freeman Hospital was chosen as the designated heart surgery centre.

The Freeman was selected over Leeds General Infirmary following the biggest consultation the NHS has ever carried out. However that decision is now on hold after campaigners in Leeds won a high court battle which upheld concerns that the rating system used during the decision process was flawed.

Now, data released by NHS England shows that none of the 10 centres in England breached thresholds for child heart surgery deaths, however Leeds General Infirmary was very close to the alert level. Operations resumed at the unit on Wednesday following a safety review.


Father raising money for Children's Heart Unit

Ivan Hollingsworth's son Seb is his inspiration Credit: ITV

A North East father is cycling, running and swimming his way from Whitehaven to Newcastle as part of his third charity challenge. Ivan Hollingsworth is raising money for the Children's Heart Unit at Newcastle's Freeman Hospital, which saved his son Seb's life.

The charity he set up with his wife Nadine has already raised more than £200,000.