NHS England has decided to save the Children’s Heart Unit in Glenfield Hospital at a board meeting in London today.
It will remain open on the basis that they make the improvements they’ve promised to make, grow the number of operations at the unit and move Children’s Heart Services over to the Leicester Royal Infirmary site where all other specialist children’s services are.
This is a big u-turn following a review completed last year which prompted NHS England to announce the proposed closure of the unit. It said surgeons were not doing enough operations to meet safety standards.
The decision was met with heavy opposition, and would have seen children travel 50 miles to Birmingham Children’s Hospital for life saving treatment.
Over 130,000 people signed the petition to save the unit, with local MPs actively lobbying in Parliament to stop the closure.
If the unit closed the hospital would have lost a lot of equipment and many surgeons and other clinical staff would have had to leave.
Campaigners were overjoyed with the news and a meeting has been arranged at 5.30pm at Leicester Clock Tower to celebrate the outcome.
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