I'm really pleased to hear that, following the latest review of Congenital Heart Disease (CHD) services by NHS England, all aspects of the Leeds service are described as either meeting all the requirements of will meet them with further development of its plans - a final confirmation that the service is safe! I’ve listed some more exciting updates from the Leeds Unit below:
The practice of using coronary stents is now being used to treat a potentially life-threatening obstruction of flow of blood to the lungs in new born babies. It’s now a preferred alternative to heart surgery, and represents the first time a keyhole technique has been proven to give superior results to surgery.
Patients with more complex surgical needs who previously needed to be referred to London are now being treated at the Unit.
Construction begins on a revolutionary, new children’s heart theatre in January and will be finished in February 2019.
New staff have been recruited in psychology, and there is an increase in specialist cardiac nurses.
After all the uncertainty that has surrounded CHD services throughout England since 2011, we can finally look forward to a long period of stability. I'm sure this is greatly welcomed by staff, patients and their families and it will enable the Unit and the Children's Heart Surgery Fund to plan for an even better future for CHD services at Leeds.
After a long campaign from all across the region, it's great to see hard work pay off and result in such fantastic news! What better way to celebrate the upcoming 30th anniversary of the Children’s Heart Surgery Fund?