Assurances sought for vascular patients

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POLITICIANS have met with hospital bosses for assurances the best is being done for patients and staff over the future of vascular surgery at Queen Alexandra Hospital.

Portsmouth North MP Penny Mordaunt, Portsmouth South’s Flick Drummond, Gosport’s Caroline Dinenage, Fareham’s Suella Fernandes, and East Hampshire’s Damian Hind met with Portsmouth Hospitals Trust chief executive Ursula Ward, chairman Ian Carruthers and company director Peter Mellor, to discuss what is next for vein surgery in Portsmouth.

A recent review by the Vascular Society for Great Britain and Ireland found QA hospital in Cosham does not have enough surgeons to fulfil the national brief of being a centre of excellence.

Commissioners NHS England believe Southampton General Hospital has the potential to become a vascular hub, meaning all services could move there.

Details of this plan are now being worked out by clinicians at both sites.

Ms Mordaunt said: ‘I’m no healthcare professional, so it’s vital clinicians are talking about these plans and that it’s in the patient’s best interest.

‘This also includes the overall patient experience, such as the travel time to Southampton, for patients and visitors.’