HUSBAND and wife Dennis and Patricia Read both know how vital it is to keep vascular surgeons at Queen Alexandra Hospital.
Both suffer from angina and receive treatment at the superhospital in Cosham.
Dennis, 71, has also suffered from two heart attacks.
The retired Royal Marine said: ‘The wife and I have a lot of treatments for our hearts and we don’t want to go to Southampton for treatment.’
The couple from Hordle Road, Havant, are supporting the News campaign to stop the surgeons being moved away from the area to Southampton General Hospital.
‘At the moment it takes us around 20 minutes to get to QA in the car,’ said Mr Read. ‘But to get to Southampton we’d be looking at almost an hour – that’s too far.
‘It’s diabolical to consider moving the surgeons away.
‘It’s defeating the object of having such a big hospital.’
Patricia, 69, said she was the first patient to have an angiogram when the new hospital opened.
She said: ‘What’s the point in building a new unit if it’s all going to move?
‘It’s not right, Portsmouth is a huge area and needs the service.’
The move has been proposed by a Primary Care Trust cluster called Ship – made up of Southampton, Hampshire, Isle of Wight and Portsmouth PCTs.
It is one of three options that has been put forward. The second is for QA to provide treatment for Portsmouth and Chichester patients, while the third option would see Portsmouth retain some of its services.
The PCT cluster has started a six-week engagement process, which ends September 30.
We’re calling for a formal three-month consultation on the proposed move, and are asking as many readers as possible to sign our open letter.