Dozens turn up to sign petition to keep surgeons at QA

SIGNED UP Student Luke Mcleod, 16, who hopes to become a doctor, joins The News campaign to keep vascular surgeons at QA. He is seen with News reporter Sam Bannister.    Picture: Steve Reid (113155-576)
SIGNED UP Student Luke Mcleod, 16, who hopes to become a doctor, joins The News campaign to keep vascular surgeons at QA. He is seen with News reporter Sam Bannister. Picture: Steve Reid (113155-576)

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LUKE Mcleod has his heart set on being a vascular surgeon one day.

So the 16-year-old is keen to see the vein experts kept at Queen Alexandra Hospital in Cosham.

He is one of dozens of people who signe our Keep It at QA campaign letter at the Gosport Discovery Centre yesterday.

Luke, of Gordon Road, Gosport, said: ‘I hope to be a surgeon one day, probably a cardiovascular one, and I think it’s wrong they want to move vascular surgery.

‘I have had family members who have had this surgery and heart problems sadly run in my family.

‘My grandfather and great-grandfather have had heart problems and been treated at QA.

‘If it gets moved it will be difficult for people like my grandfather to get to Southampton and back again.

‘My sister did some nursing experience with them and she said what they do is vital.’

The move is one of three proposals put forward by a cluster of NHS Primary Care Trusts in the region.

They have started a six-week engagement process, which ends on September 30.

The News is calling on the PCT cluster to hold a three-month formal consultation on the proposed move and want as many readers as possible to sign our letter.

Gosport Councillor Peter Edgar, who sits on the council of governors at QA, took the opportunity to sign one of our letters.

He said: ‘This is the biggest threat to safety since the closure of Haslar.

‘We in Gosport, with a lack of access to the motorway, are really at risk.

‘I ended up in QA on election day having impaled myself on some railings.

‘One of the railings just missed my femoral artery and it was comforting to know that should something have gone wrong with the operation, there was a vascular surgeon there.’

Our next sign-up session is today in West Street, Havant.

Readers in Fareham can sign the letter next Tuesday at the podium in West Street, Fareham.