As we approach the Easter Holiday period the team is continuing to work on finalising the detail behind our anticipated growth plan for the service from now until 2021. If you remember this is the only area of the Congenital Heart Disease standards on which NHS England need further clarification. We are anticipating that this will be finalised and approved by the end of next week and will be sent to NHS England week commencing 24 April.

We have had confirmation from NHS England that they have received over 1200 responses so far to the National consultation of which over 700 have come from the East Midlands! This is fantastic news and shows that our efforts to ensure as many people as possible understand the consultation proposals and have their say is working. We know we have many more responses to be submitted but it is still very important that you also have your say. For those of you who have already  completed the consultation questions thank you, but if you have yet to do so all the information you need can be found on  

The Save Glenfield Children’s Heart Campaign have kindly set up a number of sessions to help people understand the proposals details of these are as follows:

  • Sat 22 April,  2.00 pm Adult Education College, Belvoir St, Leicester
  • Sat 6 May, 2.00pm, Rosebery St Peters Community Centre, Storer Road Loughborough, LE11 5EQ
  • Sat 20 May 1.30pm, Mansfield Library, Four Seasons Shopping Centre, W Gate, Mansfield NG18 1NH

There is a staff forum at 10.30 – 11.30 in the Clinical Education Centre Lounge on Thursday 13 April and in the evening at 4pm we are having a stakeholder Easter catch up in the Clinical Education centre, all are welcome to join us for a cup of tea and a hot cross bun! This replaces the evening meeting previously planned.

With the holiday weekend fast approaching, may I take this opportunity to wish you all a very Happy Easter and I hope you enjoy some time with family and friends. My next update will be the week after the Easter break.

British Heart Foundation (BHF) Newsletter 

The BHF will be featuring Mary McCann, Children’s Cardiac Liaison Nurse at Glenfield, in their next newsletter and on their website. The story focuses on the amazing work that people like Mary do with young heart patients and their families, such as how she has helped Shannon Wheatley, now 12, who was born with a congenital heart condition called Tetralogy Of Fallot. You can read more here:

In the news 

Finally, below is a roundup of all the media coverage we have received over the last week:

Wednesday 12 April

 Hinckley Times

Advice is at hand for heart care dialogue

Drop-in sessions are in place to guide people through a detailed consultation document on the future of local specialist heart care. Volunteers are on hand at Leicester Royal Infirmary and Glenfield Hospital to help supporters respond to NHS England and its proposals to shake-up heart disease services in England.

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