Youngsters to have their say over threat to Hampshire’s children’s heart unit

Stuart Burnham with 12-year-old Andrew Impey and his mum, Kirstine Burnham   Picture: Habibur Rahman

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YOUNG people are being urged to have their say on the future of a children’s cardiac unit.

The unit at Southampton General Hospital is under threat as a national review is recommending fewer larger centres should be created in England.

Four options for where these centres should be have been put forward and Southampton is only included in one option.

A new text service has now been launched so youngsters can have their say on the plans.

Fiona Smith, adviser in children and young people’s nursing at the Royal College of Nursing and a member of the Safe and Sustainable Steering Group which is leading the consultation, said: ‘This review is about providing the best services for children and young people. Who better to tell us what they think than the young people using this service?

‘The NHS wants young people, whether someone with a congenital heart condition, brother, sister or friend, to have their say.’

To take part in the consultation text HEART to 85001 free of charge and you will be sent a question asking for your view. For more about the review visit specialisedservices.nhs.uk/safeandsustainable.