The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Leeds retains its congenital heart surgery service

30 November 2017

The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust will continue to deliver congenital heart surgery services from the Leeds General Infirmary according to an update provided at NHS England’s Board meeting in London today.

NHS England confirmed today that it is satisfied with the Trust’s progress against meeting the standards for congenital heart disease services which were introduced in 2016. This means that the service, which is based at the Leeds General Infirmary, will continue to be commissioned by NHS England.

Chief Executive Julian Hartley said: “This news is very welcome - we are delighted that we can now confirm our ongoing status as a provider of this vital service.

“It’s been a challenging nine years since NHS England first begun its work to review these services. I would like to extend my deepest gratitude to our staff at the Leeds congenital heart surgery unit: they have continued to provide world class treatment and care for our patients throughout. I’d also like to thank our supporters and advocates, particularly the Children’s Heart Surgery Fund, who have helped us to reach this point.”

Leeds is meeting all of the standards in relation to the number of surgeons, the operations they perform, and the co-location of its specialist services. There is a robust action plan in place which has been agreed with NHS England and NHS Improvement and we are on track to meet the remaining developmental standards.

Clinical Lead for congenital heart surgery Dr Carin Vandoorn said: “The team has worked very hard over the last few years to centralise children’s heart services, and to meet the rigorous new national service standards.

“We’re the second largest congenital heart unit in the country and provide care to children and adults from across Yorkshire and Humber, and further afield. I am pleased that we can now look to the future and concentrate on giving them the best care, as close to home as possible.

“We’re now working on our exciting development to build new children’s heart theatres and completely remodel the Children’s Hospital which will enable us to continue providing world class treatment and care.”