FAMILIES are being urged to have their say on the future of children’s heart services in the region.
The national NHS Safe and Sustainable pubic consultation exercise has called for more contributions to the debate, which could help seal the fate of the children’s heart unit at Newcastle’s Freeman Hospital.
The unit could be under threat after plans were revealed to cut the number of hospitals performing youngsters’ heart surgery in the UK from 11 to as few as six.
Four proposals have been put forward and the service at the Freeman would be cut in one of the options, and stay open under the other three.
The public consultation closes on July 1. Full details are available at www.specialisedservices.nhs.uk/safeandsustainable