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Summary

  1. NHS England planning to stop children's heart surgery in Leicester
  2. Surgery to move to other hospitals
  3. Health bosses vow to fight decision
  4. Updates for Thursday 7 July 2016

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By Amy Woodfield

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  2. Mother worries about end of Glenfield heart surgery

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC Local Live

    Quote Message: My son, who's two, has had two open heart surgeries and he's due for another open heart surgery in a year's time. Me and my partner do not drive and have to ask his grandad to take us every time he has surgery. I have no idea where we would be having to go or how we would even get there - Glenfield is only an hour away from me. This is going to be so difficult for me and my family as we really have no family support and have two other children, aged five and one. from Danielle Westerman Mother
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    Danielle Westerman and her son
  3. Glenfield decision: Latest headlines

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC Local Live

    • Plans have been announced to stop children's heart surgery at Glenfield Hospital
    • Leicester MP Liz Kendall calls an urgent meeting with the health secretary to discuss the decision
    • Parents have told us they are worried they will have to travel long distances for their children to have heart surgery
  4. Children's heart surgery under threat for years

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC Local Live

    The future of heart surgery at Glenfield Hospital has been uncertain for a long time.

    A review several years ago also concluded services in Leicestershire should stop but it was found to have been flawed and the plan was abandoned.

    This is David Cameron talking about that review in 2013...

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    Video caption: David Cameron speaking about a previous consultation into heart surgery at Glenfield
  5. Your views: Children's heart surgery to stop in Leicester

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    There are a lot of comments on our Facebook page about the news children’s heart surgery will be stopped at Glenfield Hospital.

    Many parents are worried about the distance they may now need to travel...

    Surgery

    Ranjit Singh Nagra says: "What a disgrace my daughter had a heart surgery at Glenfield hospital I feel sorry for the children and parents who will have to travel miles for surgery the government are killing us."

    Hayley Spencer says: "This is terrible news!! My little boy River had open heart surgery there in October for Tetralogy of Fallot. He received the best possible care and we can't fault the unit or the staff who provided his care. What happens if he needs more surgery?! Where will we go?! Glenfield is so handy for us living in Derby."

  6. City's children's heart surgery to stop

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC Local Live

    You can read the full story on the news that children heart surgery at Glenfield Hospital is likely to be stopped here.

    Inside Glenfield Hospital
  7. Glenfield decision 'should be reconsidered'

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC Local Live

  8. Glenfield decision 'will affect whole of East Midlands'

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC Local Live

    Giles Peek is professor of paediatric cardiac surgery at a children's hospital in New York . 

    Until last year he was based at Glenfield Hospital as head of service at the East Midlands Congenital Heart Centre.

    Glenfield Hospital

    He says: "I think this is going to be almost a death now for paediatric service in the whole of the East Midlands. 

    "The services at Glenfield support specialist paediatric services at the [Leicester] Royal Infirmary and in all hospitals in the East Midlands."

  9. MP: Glenfield decision would 'compromise intensive care unit'

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC Local Live

    More from Liz Kendall on the Glenfield decision.

    Quote Message: "The children’s heart surgery unit at Glenfield provides a superb service to families throughout the East Midlands. Decisions must be based on what’s best for children and the latest evidence on clinical outcomes shows that the East Midlands Congenital Heart Centre is one of the best performing surgical centres in England. Closing the unit would also compromise our paediatric intensive care unit, with a knock on effect on other vital children’s services in Leicester, and put at risk our world leading ECMO service which is the largest in the country, with the only national patient transport service. from Liz Kendall MP
    Liz KendallMP
  10. MP calling 'urgent meeting' over Glenfield

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC Local Live

    Leicester West MP Liz Kendall said she would fight the decision to end children's heart surgery at Glenfield.

    “Ensuring children get the very best quality of care is my absolute priority and I will work with the local community, clinicians and other MPs to fight this decision. 

    "I am today writing to the Secretary of State for Health to set out my opposition to its closure and request an urgent meeting. We successfully fought to save the heart unit in 2013 and we will now fight to save it again," she said.

  11. Children's heart surgery under threat once again

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC Local Live

    It appeared the future of children's heart surgery in Leicester had been secured less than a year ago.

    Glenfield ward

    Surgery was set to switch to the new children's hospital at Leicester Royal Infirmary but the introduction of new standards in April seems to have scuppered the plans.

  12. Hospital trust boss: 'We strongly disagree'

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC Local Live

    It's fair to say health bosses in Leicester aren't happy about the decision to end children's heart surgery in Leicester.

    Quote Message: “Over the last 18 months we have made excellent progress, with the support of our charities and partner organisations, to meet the standards set by NHS England through the New Congenital Heart Disease Review. We are confident that our clinical outcomes are now amongst the best in the country so we strongly disagree with NHS England’s decision and will not sit by whilst they destroy our fabulous service.” from John Adler Chief executive, University of Leicester Hospitals Trust
    John AdlerChief executive, University of Leicester Hospitals Trust
  13. Your views: Glenfield to stop children's heart surgery

    Facebook

    Back to plans to stop children's heart surgery at Glenfield Hospital. Your comments are continuing to come in thick and fast on our Facebook page.

    Kate Watts said: "Outrageous! The last I heard it was going to be encompassed within the new Children's Hospital?? Such a waste of the expertise and resources already in place in our city."

  14. Rugby: Tigers start season away

    BBC Leicester Sport

    The fixtures are out - Leicester Tigers will begin the new Premiership season on a Friday night away at Gloucester.

    Kingsholm Staidum

    Kick-off will be at 19:45 on 2 September.  

  15. Latest headlines for Leicestershire

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC Local Live

    Here's a recap of our top stories:

    • The NHS is planning to stop children's heart surgery in Leicester
    • A man is still being questioned over the death of a man found injured in Abbey Park
    • Rugby: Leicester Tigers will start next season away at Gloucester
  16. County council 'urgently seeking information' on heart unit closure

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC Local Live

    The authority says it will be discussing the closure at a meeting this afternoon.

    Quote Message: “This is the wrong decision, for the children and families who need these services. Glenfield’s unit provides an excellent service and has united support from the local community, politicians and NHS officials. Closing the unit is not justified at all. The work UHL (the hospitals trust) has been doing has been exactly in line with what the NHS required. I will be urgently seeking further information so I can fully understand the implications, on Glenfield and the wider NHS. We cannot afford to lose such a valued unit.” from Ernie White Cabinet member for health, Leicestershire County Council
    Ernie WhiteCabinet member for health, Leicestershire County Council
  17. Your views: Glenfield to stop children's heart surgery

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    We've had a few comments on our Facebook page about plans to stop children's heart surgery at Glenfield Hospital.

    Protest to save services at Glenfield Hospital

    Sylv Hogan says: "What a wast of money. I hope the government are going to foot the bill for transportation and putting up the parents of the poorly kids that now are going to have to travel hundreds of miles."

    Nadir Alimohamed says: "No way!!! They can't do that. They operated on my son when he was a few weeks old and they have done such an amazing job."

  18. Glenfield decision followed national review

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC Local Live

    The review of children's heart surgery in Leicester took place after NHS England published new commissioning standards.

    Patients and families have been campaigning to keep the unit open for several years - but it looks like their worst fears may now be realised.