Councillors to be given update on vein services

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THE plan to possibly move vascular services out of Portsmouth has been revived.

The Wessex Area Team, which pays for vascular services for the region, will today present an update to Portsmouth City Council’s health overview and scrutiny panel.

One option is for Southampton General Hospital and Queen Alexandra Hospital, Cosham, to deliver services corroboratively as they have been doing in a pilot since July. But, in a report to the panel, Wessex has said it has not ruled out moving all services to Southampton.

Gosport councillor Peter Edgar, who sits on the panel, said the collaborative pilot does not have support from campaigners who want both hospitals to keep vascular services.

He added: ‘It will be to the detriment of one of the hospitals. At QA it will effect the viability of the renal, stroke and cancer services.’ The meeting is at 9.30am at Portsmouth City Council.