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Consultation of children’s heart services begins

The NHS has launched a major four-month public consultation on the way children’s congenital heart services should be provided in the future.

Under government proposals a number of specialist children’s heart units across England will close.

Children with heart problems from south Wales currently travel to Bristol for specialist paediatric heart surgery.

A consultation event will be taking place in Cardiff on Tuesday 5 April from 6-8pm at the Cardiff City Stadium to find out how Welsh patients may be affected by any changes to the current NHS set-up.

The NHS is inviting patients and their families in north Wales to a consultation on the 9 May at the Halliwell Jones Stadium in Warrington from 6-8pm.

No decisions about the future of any of the existing surgical centres will be made until after the consultation.

Members of the public can visit specialisedservices.nhs.uk/safeandsustainable to register for the event.

Are you attending either of the consultations? Would you be interested in talking to us about any concerns you have regarding the proposed changes to paediatric heart surgery units? You can email our health correspondent at Mariclare.Carey-Jones@itvwales.com or contact her via twitter @mariclarecj

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