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Summary

  1. NHS England planning to stop children's heart surgery in Leicester
  2. Surgery to move to other hospitals
  3. Health bosses vow to fight decision
  4. Updates for Thursday 7 July 2016

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By Amy Woodfield

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Mother worries about end of Glenfield heart surgery

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

My son, who's two, has had two open heart surgeries and he's due for another open heart surgery in a year's time. Me and my partner do not drive and have to ask his grandad to take us every time he has surgery. I have no idea where we would be having to go or how we would even get there - Glenfield is only an hour away from me. This is going to be so difficult for me and my family as we really have no family support and have two other children, aged five and one.

Danielle WestermanMother
Danielle Westerman and her son
Danielle Westerman

Glenfield decision: Latest headlines

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

  • Plans have been announced to stop children's heart surgery at Glenfield Hospital
  • Leicester MP Liz Kendall calls an urgent meeting with the health secretary to discuss the decision
  • Parents have told us they are worried they will have to travel long distances for their children to have heart surgery

Children's heart surgery under threat for years

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

The future of heart surgery at Glenfield Hospital has been uncertain for a long time.

A review several years ago also concluded services in Leicestershire should stop but it was found to have been flawed and the plan was abandoned.

This is David Cameron talking about that review in 2013...

Your views: Children's heart surgery to stop in Leicester

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There are a lot of comments on our Facebook page about the news children’s heart surgery will be stopped at Glenfield Hospital.

Many parents are worried about the distance they may now need to travel...

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Ranjit Singh Nagra says: "What a disgrace my daughter had a heart surgery at Glenfield hospital I feel sorry for the children and parents who will have to travel miles for surgery the government are killing us."

Hayley Spencer says: "This is terrible news!! My little boy River had open heart surgery there in October for Tetralogy of Fallot. He received the best possible care and we can't fault the unit or the staff who provided his care. What happens if he needs more surgery?! Where will we go?! Glenfield is so handy for us living in Derby."

City's children's heart surgery to stop

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

You can read the full story on the news that children heart surgery at Glenfield Hospital is likely to be stopped here.

Inside Glenfield Hospital
BBC

Glenfield decision 'should be reconsidered'

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Cllr Ernie White has updated @leicsHWB about Glenfield children's heart unit closure - "wrong headed decision" that should be reconsidered.

Glenfield decision 'will affect whole of East Midlands'

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Giles Peek is professor of paediatric cardiac surgery at a children's hospital in New York . 

Until last year he was based at Glenfield Hospital as head of service at the East Midlands Congenital Heart Centre.

Glenfield Hospital
BBC

He says: "I think this is going to be almost a death now for paediatric service in the whole of the East Midlands. 

"The services at Glenfield support specialist paediatric services at the [Leicester] Royal Infirmary and in all hospitals in the East Midlands."

Liz Kendall: Decision to close children's heart surgery unit 'is wrong'

MP: Glenfield decision would 'compromise intensive care unit'

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

More from Liz Kendall on the Glenfield decision.

"The children’s heart surgery unit at Glenfield provides a superb service to families throughout the East Midlands. Decisions must be based on what’s best for children and the latest evidence on clinical outcomes shows that the East Midlands Congenital Heart Centre is one of the best performing surgical centres in England. Closing the unit would also compromise our paediatric intensive care unit, with a knock on effect on other vital children’s services in Leicester, and put at risk our world leading ECMO service which is the largest in the country, with the only national patient transport service.

Liz KendallMP

MP calling 'urgent meeting' over Glenfield

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Leicester West MP Liz Kendall said she would fight the decision to end children's heart surgery at Glenfield.

“Ensuring children get the very best quality of care is my absolute priority and I will work with the local community, clinicians and other MPs to fight this decision. 

"I am today writing to the Secretary of State for Health to set out my opposition to its closure and request an urgent meeting. We successfully fought to save the heart unit in 2013 and we will now fight to save it again," she said.

Children's heart surgery under threat once again

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

It appeared the future of children's heart surgery in Leicester had been secured less than a year ago.

Glenfield ward
BBC

Surgery was set to switch to the new children's hospital at Leicester Royal Infirmary but the introduction of new standards in April seems to have scuppered the plans.

Hospital trust boss: 'We strongly disagree'

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

It's fair to say health bosses in Leicester aren't happy about the decision to end children's heart surgery in Leicester.

“Over the last 18 months we have made excellent progress, with the support of our charities and partner organisations, to meet the standards set by NHS England through the New Congenital Heart Disease Review. We are confident that our clinical outcomes are now amongst the best in the country so we strongly disagree with NHS England’s decision and will not sit by whilst they destroy our fabulous service.”

John AdlerChief executive, University of Leicester Hospitals Trust

Your views: Glenfield to stop children's heart surgery

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Back to plans to stop children's heart surgery at Glenfield Hospital. Your comments are continuing to come in thick and fast on our Facebook page.

Kate Watts said: "Outrageous! The last I heard it was going to be encompassed within the new Children's Hospital?? Such a waste of the expertise and resources already in place in our city."

Rugby: Tigers start season away

BBC Leicester Sport

The fixtures are out - Leicester Tigers will begin the new Premiership season on a Friday night away at Gloucester.

Kingsholm Staidum
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Kick-off will be at 19:45 on 2 September.  

Latest headlines for Leicestershire

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Here's a recap of our top stories:

  • The NHS is planning to stop children's heart surgery in Leicester
  • A man is still being questioned over the death of a man found injured in Abbey Park
  • Rugby: Leicester Tigers will start next season away at Gloucester

County council 'urgently seeking information' on heart unit closure

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

The authority says it will be discussing the closure at a meeting this afternoon.

“This is the wrong decision, for the children and families who need these services. Glenfield’s unit provides an excellent service and has united support from the local community, politicians and NHS officials. Closing the unit is not justified at all. The work UHL (the hospitals trust) has been doing has been exactly in line with what the NHS required. I will be urgently seeking further information so I can fully understand the implications, on Glenfield and the wider NHS. We cannot afford to lose such a valued unit.”

Ernie WhiteCabinet member for health, Leicestershire County Council

Your views: Glenfield to stop children's heart surgery

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We've had a few comments on our Facebook page about plans to stop children's heart surgery at Glenfield Hospital.

Protest to save services at Glenfield Hospital
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Sylv Hogan says: "What a wast of money. I hope the government are going to foot the bill for transportation and putting up the parents of the poorly kids that now are going to have to travel hundreds of miles."

Nadir Alimohamed says: "No way!!! They can't do that. They operated on my son when he was a few weeks old and they have done such an amazing job."

Afternoon weather update

BBC Weather

A cloudy afternoon with a few showers and occasional brighter intervals and highs of 20C (68F).

Glenfield decision followed national review

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

The review of children's heart surgery in Leicester took place after NHS England published new commissioning standards.

Patients and families have been campaigning to keep the unit open for several years - but it looks like their worst fears may now be realised.

Glenfield 'failed to meet standards'

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

We understand NHS England has decided the trust in charge of Glenfield Hospital had failed to meet its new requirements for the treatment of congenital heart disease so surgery will be moved to other hospitals.

Glenfield Hospital
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BreakingHospital to stop children's heart surgery

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Some news just in - we've learned NHS England is planning to stop offering children's heart surgery in Leicester.

At the moment the surgery is carried out at Glenfield Hospital where there is also an Extra Corporeal Membrane Oxygenation Unit (ECMO).

It was thought this service would move to a new children's hospital at Leicester Royal Infirmary but NHS England has written to local health bosses to say this will not be happening.

Nests built for osprey

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

From peregrine falcons to osprey - Leicestershire is obviously a popular tourist destination for birds.

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Falcon spotted at cathedral

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

David Grey from the Leicestershire and Rutland Ornithological Society filmed this female peregrine this morning on the platform at Leicester Cathedral.

He says: "It's a great sighting to see a peregrine falcon on the cathedral itself. 

"We put the nest box up earlier this year - they haven't used it this year but they have nested nearby."

He says the morning is the best time to catch a glimpse of them.

Falcons return with chicks

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

The fastest animals in the world have swooped into Leicester again...the peregrine falcon.

The Leicester Peregrine Project, which monitors the birds, has confirmed that not only have they made their annual journey into the city, but they're also rearing two chicks.

Peregrine falcon in Leicester
David Gould

The funny thing is they've chosen not to settle in the nest box that was set up for them in the spire of Leicester Cathedral. 

Instead they've headed to another location entirely, which is being kept a secret to help protect them.

Fixtures switched for TV coverage

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Other matches have also been changed so they can be shown live on Sky.

The home game against Arsenal on 20 August will now kick-off at 17:30, as will the Liverpool away game on 10 September.

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The Foxes' Christmas Eve trip to play Manchester United will now kick off at 12:30. Merry Christmas.

Sky to broadcast Foxes' first season opener

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

If you cant make the long journey to Hull to watch Leicester City's first match of the new season it will be available to watch on TV.

The game on Saturday 13 August has been brought forward to 12.30 as it's being shown live on Sky.

The KCOM Stadium
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Green technology will make buses cheaper to run

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

The 35 new eco-buses buses have cost Arriva £6m.

Buses
BBC

Simon Mathieson is the bus company's regional managing director and says the buses will save them money in the long run.

He says there's about a 12% fuel saving by the buses having stop-start technology.

Pic appeal after distraction burglary

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Police have drawn this image of a burglary suspect from a description given by an 80-year-old man.

Efit of suspect burglar
Leicestershire Police

The pensioner had cash taken from his house on Andrews Road in Leicester after a group of men offered to fix his roof.  

Fancy new buses launched

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Bus users in Leicestershire could soon be traveling in a lot more style...

Bus seats
BBC

Arriva has unveiled a fleet of 35 eco-buses with things like leather seating and wifi.

It also has stop-start technology, which turns the engine off when the bus stops - thought to be better for the environment.

Park reopens after suspected murder

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Abbey Park has reopened to the public...

Abbey Park with police cordon
BBC

It's been closed since Tuesday morning after a man was found with fatal injuries by the boating lake.

Police think he was murdered.

New rugby fixture list due out

BBC Leicester Sport

Leicester Tigers find out their fixtures for the upcoming Premiership season later this morning. 

The list will be revealed at 11:00.

Leicester Tigers stadium
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Travel: Lane blocked by lorries

BBC Travel

Church to show Kayleigh film

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

A film about how Kayleigh Haywood was groomed and murdered will today be shown at a church in Measham that gave support to many people affected by her death.

Screenings of Kayleigh’s Love Story will be in St Laurence Church Hall between 11:00-16:00.

Tribute to Kayleigh outside church
BBC

The video has been made by police to help teach other young people about the dangers of the internet.

Latest Leicestershire headlines

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

  • A 27-year-old man is continuing to be questioned by police about the murder of a man found injured in Abbey Park
  • A fleet of eco-buses have been launched in Leicestershire
  • Leicester Tigers find out their fixtures for the upcoming Premiership season later this morning

Another factory fire near Frog Island

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Crews have been dealing with another factory fire in the Frog Island area of Leicester overnight. 

Six fire engines were called to the blaze in Bradgate Street just before midnight. It also spread to second factory. 

Some people had to evacuate their homes while the firefighters put out the flames but no one was hurt.

This follows a fire in another factory just a few streets away on Friday.

Park death man named

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Overnight police named the man who died after being found injured in Abbey Park.

He was 23-year-old Brendan Mason from Glenfield.

Brendan Mason
Leicestershire Police

He was found near the boating lake on Tuesday morning and died in hospital from his injuries.

Police think he was murdered and are questioning a 27-year-old man.

Wales out of Euro 2016

BBC Leicester Sport

The dream was over for the Welsh team last night, including Leicester City midfielder Andy King. 

They lost 2-0 to Portugal in the semi-final of Euro 2016.

Andy King
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Weather forecast for the East Midlands

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

Weather for the East Midlands on Thursday 7 July 2016