Support for heart unit decision by kids’ charity

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A CHILDREN’S heart charity has welcomed the news that the region’s paediatric cardiac unit is to remain open.

The decision to keep the unit at Southampton General Hospital was made this week at the end of a lengthy consultation over the nationwide future of the service.

As reported, the decision has meant that the country’s network of centres has reduced from 11 to seven.

Angela Cressey, chairwoman of the Children’s Heart Support Network said: ‘Without the skill and dedication of the staff at Southampton, my son would not have survived his surgery or had the ongoing care that he needed for the next 12 years.

‘There are many excellent staff at the Southampton unit, and we are sure that they too will be relieved not just for the children and their families, but also for the security of their jobs to be able to continue their vocation of looking after vulnerable children with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions.’

Units in Leeds, Leicester and London are to close.