STRUCTURE: Children’s heart surgery services will be kept at the University Hospital Southampton Foundation Trust after a national reconfiguration programme recommended three other units in England lose their services.

The Safe and Sustainable review of acute services recommended the closure in 2014 of services at the Royal Brompton in London, the Glenfield Hospital in Leicestershire and John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford.

However the Southampton trust and University Hospitals Oxford had already established a partnership arrangement for children with heart conditions in the south of England.

Mark Hackett, chief executive of the University Hospital Southampton Foundation Trust, said: “This is fantastic news for our patients and their families and we have been overwhelmed by the support we have received across the country. We would like to thank all those who supported us throughout the consultation to safeguard this service for future generations.

“In the future, there will no doubt be more national reviews of services and we need to keep quality at the centre of the way we shape, guide and decide location.”

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