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Heart surgery: Leicester and London hospitals can continue services

From BBC - November 30, 2017

Two major hospitals in Leicester and London told to stop providing complex heart surgery are now being allowed to continue, NHS England has announced.

But patients in Manchester will now have to travel to Liverpool.

The decision comes after a lengthy process to reorganise congenital heart services in England after new standards of care were introduced in 2015.

The services are for people born with heart problems, such as holes in the heart.

Congenital heart disease is the most common birth defect, affecting between five and nine in every 1,000 babies born in the UK.

Units providing specialist care for these heart problems, at University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust and Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS Foundation Trust, had been under threat of closure because they were not meeting the new standards.

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