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Children's heart surgery unit ruled safe after death rate fears

A children's heart surgery centre in Leeds that was temporarily closed last year due to fears over mortality rates is safe, a report has ruled. But the NHS Trust has apologised after a lack of compassion and poor care was also highlighted.

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NHS Trust 'sincerely apologises' to families

Responding to an NHS report that ruled Leeds General Infirmary's children's heart unit safe but outlined the experiences of families who complained of poor care, Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust has apologised to those families.

We are pleased for our patients, families and staff that the Mortality Case Review has confirmed the medical and surgical care provided by the children's heart surgery unit in Leeds is safe.

We are very sorry however, that the 16 families who shared their stories with the Family Experience Review felt we did not provide the care they had a right to expect.

We sincerely apologise to those families and will of course, ensure we learn from what they had to say and improve our services as a result of this.

– Julian Hartley, Chief Executive and Yvette Oade, Chief Medical Officer at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

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