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:

NHS England Consultation Hub on Congenital Heart Disease

The closest face-to-face consultation event to those of us in Kettering is in Leicester on the 9th March at the Leicester Tigers Stadium between 6pm and 8pm.

For ease of reference, the consultation questions are in Appendix A (Page 10 onwards) in this document:

NHS England Consultation Summary on Congenital Heart Disease (Document)

If you would prefer to send NHS England your responses to the consultation questions by post, please print the questions from the document above, answer them, and then post it back to:

CHD Consultation
c/o Beverley Smyth (Specialised Commissioning)
NHS England 4N08
Quarry House
Quarry Hill
Leeds
LS2 7UE

If you cannot find the information you are looking for, or have any other questions relating to this consultation, please contact NHS England by e-mail at england.congenitalheart@nhs.net.

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