A STARBECK mum is calling on the Government to retain a children’s heart surgery ward in Leeds that is threatened with closure.
More than 450,000 people have signed a petition demanding that Leeds General Infirmary’s ward 10 be retained.
Lisa Clayton-Price is one of those leading the campaign, after her four-month-old daughter Sophia received “amazing” care at the facility.
“They provided the best care that we have ever seen for Sophia,” Lisa said.
“Everybody else on the unit was saying how absolutely fantastic it is.
“It’s just a really good atmosphere there, even though all the parents are worried about the children. They look after the families as well.”
Sophia was born on February 16 and was transferred to the LGI from Harrogate Hospital two days later, after doctors noticed she had a heart murmur.
Lisa said the care was “absolutely amazing”. “If we said: ‘Sophia’s not looking well’, within about two seconds someone would run down the hall and into the room, checking her over,” she said.
“Even after we were sent home, they phoned up to see how she was.”
Sophia is now on three-monthly visits and doing well.
The Department of Health is currently considering four plans, only one of which involves retaining ward 10.
Lisa said: “We’ve had a huge amount of support. We have 450,000 signatures, which is the most the region has ever seen, and we want to get to 600,000, which would be the most that the country has ever seen.
“With it being in Leeds, the ward covers such a wide and growing population.
“If we had to go to Newcastle instead, for us that would be a two-and-a-half hour drive.
“If something is really serious, children could be lost.”
Campaigners are expected to take the petition to David Cameron at Downing Street later this month.
To sign the online petition, go to: http://www.thepetitionsite.com/6/help-to-save-ward-10-childrens-cardiac-lgi