NHS England have published a consultation summary with proposals to implement standards for congenital heart disease services for children and adults in England.
If implemented the proposals will see surgery and interventional cardiology for children and adults cease at Leicester, meaning people in Northamptonshire would have to travel either to Birmingham or Leeds. The standards that Leicester misses is about the number of procedures they carry out.
Obviously the loss of Leicester is very concerning for us in Northamptonshire, and the alternative arrangements would greatly and unfairly impact those needing such critical care.
NHS England is looking for people to make their views known as part of the consultation - and we need people to fill in the consultation questions to help make your voices heard.
Surgery and interventional cardiology for children and adults would cease at University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust, and patients requiring such procedures would be most likely to receive their care at either Birmingham Children’s Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust, or Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, as closer for some patients than Birmingham. There is a possibility that the hospital trust might continue to provide CHD services for children and adults other than surgery and interventional cardiology. This option remains open for discussion.
How can you make your views known?
During consultation there will be a number of opportunities for you to have your say about the future of CHD services. NHS England want to hear from anybody with an interest in these important services, and have set out a number of questions which they want to ask you about their proposals. The answers to these questions will be independently analysed, and will be considered by the NHS England Board before a decision is made.
They will be holding a number of events, such as public meetings, webinars and Twitter chats, so there will be lots of different ways for you to ask us questions, and hear more about their proposals. Further information can be found at the NHS England Consultation Hub by clicking the link below: