Petition launched to save specialist children’s heart unit at hospital which serves north Northamptonshire families

Leo recovering after surgery at Glenfield Hospital.
Leo recovering after surgery at Glenfield Hospital.

Parents have been urged to sign a petition to save a specialist children’s heart unit at a hospital which serves many families from the north of the county.

Health bosses at NHS England have said they are to stop surgery for children born with heart defects at Glenfield Hospital in Leicester.

Health bosses at NHS England have said they are to stop surgery for children born with heart defects at Glenfield Hospital in Leicester.

Health bosses at NHS England have said they are to stop surgery for children born with heart defects at Glenfield Hospital in Leicester.

It is the only specialist unit of its kind in the region and one that has served countless families from the north of Northamptonshire and surrounding areas.

Corby woman Kerryann McKay’s son Leo has had multiple open heart surgeries at the hospital.

She said: “Glenfield Hospital is currently where all children born in this region with heart defects are treated.

“We are a Corby family, whose little boy Leo has undergone multiple open heart surgeries at Glenfield.

“Currently patients and staff of Glenfield are fighting this decision, and the closure will also impact on paediatric intensive care services which are already overstretched for our region.”

Leicester Hospital’s chief executive John Adler has already stated that he disagrees with the decision.

The petition has already amassed more than 11,500 signatures.

To sign the petition, click here.