Southampton Children's Heart Unit Saved!

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The Joint Committee of Primary Care Trusts announced its decision later than expected yesterday, and I was waiting eagerly for the announcement. I have blogged previously about the unit and am a firm supporter of the excellent standard of paediatric cardiac care that the hospital in Southampton provides to patients from the South East, Hampshire, Wiltshire, Dorset, Devon, the Isle of Wight and the Channel Islands.

The paediatric cardiac units that have been selected to remain as specialist treatment centres are those at Evelina Children's Hospital in London, Great Ormond Street, Southampton General Hospital, The Freeman Hospital in Newcastle, Alder Hey in Liverpool, the Royal Children's Hospital in Bristol and Birmingham Children's Hospital.

The units in Leicester, Leeds and at the Royal Brompton Hospital in London will gradually stop performing surgery and instead will remain open for diagnostic, monitoring and non-surgical purposes. 

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Congratulations to the team at Southampton who campaigned so tirelessly to promote the services provided at Southampton. With the new helipad in frequent use at the hospital (as a nearby resident I am very aware of how often this vital service is in use), I am sure that the hospital will continue to provide life saving services to children from across the South for many years to come.

Kym Provan

Associate Solicitor - Clinical Negligence team     

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