Have your say on the future of heart unit

Shukrya Saida signs up for further information and vouchers, helped by Shona Green. Picture: Vernon Nash

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Have your say

THE NHS is urging people to have their say on the future of a children’s cardiac unit.

The unit at Southampton General Hospital is under threat as part of a national review which is recommending fewer larger centres should be created in England.

Four options for where these centres should be have been put forward and Southampton is included in only one option.

A four-month consultation has now been launched, giving the public the chance to have their say.

This can either be done online or by attending a consultation event on Tuesday, May 24 at Southampton Guildhall from 6pm to 8pm.

Leslie Hamilton, president for the Society for Cardiothoracic Surgery and vice chairman of the Safe and Sustainable Steering Group which is leading the review, said: ‘I urge patients and families to respond to the consultation. This is the most important opportunity people will have to directly influence the outcome of the consultation.’

To comment online visit specialisedservices.nhs.uk/safeandsustainable.