In response to false claims in a Sunday newspaper, NHS Greater Glasgow has today (8 August 2005) confirmed that the Scottish Heart Transplant Unit has a key role to play in the future of Scotland's battle against heart disease.
In fact, contrary to any suggestion of closure, the remit of the national unit based at Glasgow Royal Infirmary is currently being expanded.
In 2004 the Scottish Executive commissioned a review of the unit which was carried out by an independent expert group.
The review tested whether or not a unit for Scotland was viable given the small number of transplants undertaken because of advances in medical techniques and therapies and also the reduced number of donors.
The review group concluded that not only should the unit remain open but that it should be expanded to form a National Centre for the Treatment of Advanced Heart Failure (NCTAHF) so that more services, including alternatives to heart transplantation, can be offered.
Work to set up the new centre is now underway and the Scottish Executive has invested around £450,000 to make the development possible.
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