Surgeons give peace of mind, says Lynda, 64

31/8/2011 JN''Lynda Waters 64 of Waterlooville signs up with The News campaign to keep vascular surgeons at the QA Hospital.''Picture: Paul Jacobs (113090-1)
31/8/2011 JN''Lynda Waters 64 of Waterlooville signs up with The News campaign to keep vascular surgeons at the QA Hospital.''Picture: Paul Jacobs (113090-1)

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LYNDA Waters has had seven operations at Queen Alexandra Hospital in eight years.

So she is understandably concerned that vital vascular surgeons could move to Southampton.

The 64-year-old is backing our campaign against proposals by NHS South Central, the region’s Strategic Health Authority, to transfer the vein experts out of Portsmouth.

In the last eight years, Mrs Waters has undergone seven operations to repair a broken ankle after she fell over a two-inch wall.

Her left knee has been replaced and a silicon joint was recently installed in her hand to tackle arthritis.

She said if it were not for the presence of vascular vein experts, her fear when going in for operations would have been far greater.

‘It’s absolutely ridiculous that they’re thinking of moving them away from Portsmouth,’ she said.

‘My ankle had to be fused together but I still get a lot of trouble with it now. Through my operations I’ve felt better knowing they are there in case anything else went wrong.

‘How will the elderly be able to travel to get vital treatment in Southampton?’

Lynda, of Laburnum Road, Waterlooville, added: ‘When you have a major operation, anything could happen.

‘Veins could be moved about and that’s why we have to have surgeons of their kind here. They’re experts in their field.

‘The people of Portsmouth have the right to receive their expertise.’

As reported in The News, NHS South Central has not launched a formal consultation on the proposed move. The News is urging readers to send in the letter published on this page to show how important vascular surgeons are to people in our region.

If enough people write in before the engagement process ends on September 30, it is hoped the authority will launch a consultation and seek the views of the public.