More surgery likely to take place at Queen Alexandra Hospital

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THE number of procedures carried out by vascular specialists at Queen Alexandra Hospital is likely to increase after the service was saved.

Graham Sutton, a chief vascular consultant at the Cosham hospital, has predicted the rise.

It comes after the primary care trust cluster Ship, which covers Portsmouth, made a U-turn on proposals to send the skilled vein experts to Southampton.

It came after thousads of readers signed up to The News Keep it at QA campaign, which stressed the importance of keeping the service in the city.

A separate review into services in West Sussex will see surgeons from Chichester move to Brighton in April this year.

Mr Sutton, who is also an associate medical director at QA, said: ‘We have a plan to provide six surgeons on the emergency rota from April. That will give us time to assess exactly what we need and recruit surgeons to continue to deliver a high-quality service.

‘We cannot believe that the majority of patients in the west of West Sussex and Chichester area will find it better to travel to Brighton for their elective and emergency surgery, and we look forward to providing an alternative option for patient choice.

‘This builds on our existing long-term emergency support for vascular surgery, our support for patients having heart attacks and strokes in the Chichester area, who come to QA to our hyper acute service.’

Surgeons deal with around two emergency vascular cases, four patients for interventional radiology and two for major surgery at QA every day.

The volume meets the national criteria set by the Vascular Society.

‘Attracting patients from West Sussex will be part of our future strategy to make our future even more secure,’ added Mr Sutton.