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Keep the Adult Congenital Heart Disease Unit open at Manchester Royal Infirmary

Keep the Adult Congenital Heart Disease Unit open at Manchester Royal Infirmary

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Opened on July 13, 2017
 

Congenital heart disease is one or more abnormalities of the heart or cardiovascular system. The birth defect can be minor, but can also be life threatening. Often, people with a congenital heart disease condition will need care throughout their lives. Manchester Royal Infirmary was one of the largest providers of care and surgery for people with ACHD in the U.K. And was the largest in the North West. With the threat of closure, many staff have left or gone off sick due to stress, however, because the unit is so specialised, NHS England don't have any eligible people to take on the roles, so surgery and care has been stopped. Patients are being temporarily transferred to Newcastle and Leeds, however Leeds is over an hour away and Newcastle is over 3 hours away and is classed as the North East. Only 10% of babies born with a congenital heart defect will survive into their teens without surgery. We have started this because one of our petitioners has a brother who is 20, he was born with DiGeorges syndrome and often needs cardiac surgery. 2 conditions affected are DiGeorges syndrome and Down syndrome. 

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