We are delighted with the announcement today that the future of children’s heart surgery at University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust has been guaranteed.
This is a landmark moment for the Southampton and Oxford Radcliffe Hospitals NHS Trust partnership, which is now able to continue to deliver a high quality service for children with heart disease in the South of England, while ensuring families in all areas have access to excellent local care.
Throughout the review, the public confirmed that quality outweighed all other criteria when it came to deciding the future of the service and, as one of the country’s leading centres, we are pleased to see this has been reflected in the final decision.
Mark Hackett, chief executive, said: “This is fantastic news for our patients and their families and we have been overwhelmed by the support we have received across the country. We would like to thank all those who supported us throughout the consultation to safeguard this service for future generations.
“In the future, there will no doubt be more national reviews of services and we need to keep quality at the centre of the way we shape, guide and decide location.”
Posted on Wednesday 4 July 2012