Vascular to be raised at full council meeting

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COUNCILLORS are putting forward a motion today asking for two hospital trusts to work together and spread vascular work.

Councillor Darren Sanders, and Councillor Will Purvis, are due to put the motion forward at this afternoon’s full meeting of Portsmouth City Council in the Guildhall.

As reported, vascular surgery is currently carried out at Queen Alexandra Hospital in Cosham.

National guidelines state there should be fewer centres, that are bigger in number, as they provide better patient outcomes.

There is a fear Southampton is being seen as the centre for the south coast, and that work will move there.

The Wessex Area Team put together the Wessex Clinical Senate, which recommends work move over to Southampton as soon as possible.

Councillor Purvis said: ‘We are criticising the senate’s recommendations, and we’re asking the council to support both hospitals working together, to deliver a network of services.’

The meeting starts at 2pm.