As you are all aware we are expecting a decision on the Congenital Heart Disease consultation at the NHS England Board meeting on Thursday 30 November.

We have received confirmation from John Stewart, Acting Director, Specialised Commissioning that they are on track to meet this date. Obviously the final decision will not be known until the Board meets and reviews the recommendations made, but hopefully this news will help alleviate any concerns about further delay to the process.

We continue to be very busy in the unit and our staff are doing an amazing job maintaining our fantastic service despite the uncertainty surrounding us. As always I must convey my respect and thanks to the entire team.

I will be communicating further detail around the plans for the decision day on Monday 27  November.