Mums in Sheffield have backed a report confirming a children’s heart unit is safe – a year after surgery was suspended amid concerns over death rates.
The year-long NHS review into Leeds General Infirmary unit – the nearest children’s heart unit to Sheffield – has concluded it ‘does not have an excessive mortality’.
But it also found 16 families received poor care, including a lack of compassion.
Demelza Williams, from Millhouses, whose four-year-old son Oliver had open heart surgery in Leeds, said she thought the level of care was ‘excellent’.
She said: “On the whole, staff were empathetic, sympathetic and professional.”
And Cassie Symms, from Dinnington, whose son Zander, three, was treated at the unit, said: “It was never ‘not safe’ to us. We always had every faith in them and their amazing staff.”