Surgeons move ‘will put lives at risk’ says nurse

SIGNING UP Former nurse Rosa Arnold is backing our Keep it at QA campaign.   Picture: Dean Kedward (113078-9605)
SIGNING UP Former nurse Rosa Arnold is backing our Keep it at QA campaign. Picture: Dean Kedward (113078-9605)

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HEALTH officials have been warned that plans to move expert surgeons from Portsmouth to Southampton will put local lives at risk.

Retired nurse Rosa Arnold joined a growing force of readers, GPs and city leaders who are calling for a rethink on plans to move life-saving vascular surgery from Queen Alexandra Hospital in Cosham to Southampton General Hospital.

The former St Mary’s Hospital nurse signed our campaign letter yesterday and said: ‘Vascular surgery is a vital service to keep in Portsmouth because of the large population and area it covers.

‘They have spent millions of pounds on this superhospital near the motorway which has got a helipad to bring critically-ill patients there quickly.

‘If they take this away, they will be wasting money and, most importantly, it will put people’s lives at risk.’

The 74-year-old from Fareham added: ‘They must keep the surgeons at QA where they belong, where they already have the state-of-the-art equipment, or rue the decision.’

The News has been inundated with calls and letters in support of our Keep It At QA campaign.

Despite protests, NHS South Central has not launched a formal consultation on the move. Instead, it is holding a six-week ‘engagement process’ which does not reach out for the public’s views.

We are asking readers to send in the letter printed on this page by September 30 so health chiefs know what local people have to say on the important service. We want a proper public consultation to be held before a decision is reached and will be hosting a series of sessions where people can sign our letter. The first session takes place on Thursday at Cascades Shopping Centre in Portsmouth city centre from 11am to 2pm.

LETTERS OF SUPOPORT

DOZENS and dozens of people from across the area have signed up to support of our campaign to stop vascular surgery being moved out of Queen Alexandra Hospital.

Many have voiced their discontent at plans to move the vein experts from QA to Southampton General Hospital.

The latest to contact us to say they have sent our letter include: Kenneth Poole, 83, of Westerham Close, Cosham, June McGuirk, 73, of Greenfarm Gardens, Hilsea, Pamela Taylor, 71, of Empshott Road, Southsea, Janet Saltmarsh, 71, of The Close, Cosham, Sarah Lucas, 70, of Lower Drayton Lane, Drayton, John and Gloria McGrigor, both 69, of Monckton Road, Alverstoke, Gordon Clark, 89, Elm Grove, Southsea and Melvyn and Janet Kirkham, both 63, of Skipper Way, Lee-on-the-Solent.