Last opportunity to have your say on the future of children’s heart centre

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Have your say

TODAY is the final day people can have their say on the future of children’s heart services in the region.

Children from our area go to a top performing cardiac unit at Southampton General Hospital.

But the unit is under threat as a review of heart services is proposing making fewer larger centres in England. Four options for where these centres could be have been put forward but Southampton is only included in one of them.

So far more than 4,000 people in Hampshire have commented on the consultation, and those who have not yet are being urged to do so.

Local MPs have been having their say and questioning why Southampton is at risk at all when it is the second highest performing unit in the country.

Meon Valley MP George Hollingbery mentioned it during a House of Commons’ debate after receiving a letter from concerned consultants at Queen Alexandra Hospital, Cosham.

He said: ‘I fear the review panel may close one of the highest quality options available in favour of a lower quality alternative and for reasons that don’t necessarily stand up.’

To have your say on the issue visit ipsos-mori.com/safeandsustainable or text Heart to 85001.