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A PETITION representing more than half the patients using an under-threat surgery is to be handed to a health trust.

More than 3,500 are represented on the petition calling for the Locks Road Surgery in Locks Heath to be saved.

The surgery, which has 7,000 patients on its books, was due to be closed at the end of March, but this has now been put back to the end of September to allow further consultation.

If the Locks Road practice is closed, its patients will be transferred to its sister practice, Whiteley Surgery at Whiteley.

But this is a seven-mile round-trip from the Locks Road site to an area poorly served by public transport.

Resident Martin Reeve has been co-ordinating the petition and is planning to hand it over to NHS Hampshire soon.

He said: ‘With the number we’ve now got on the petition, the trust needs to realise it has to think properly about what’s going to be done here. We don’t want to go to Whiteley, and with more housing in the pipeline, it’s not logical to close Locks Road.

‘I’ve written to the trust calling for a meeting, but haven’t heard back from them yet.’

Mr Reeve added that some of the patients are looking at ways of keeping the practice open, including the possibility of buying the building themselves and running it through a new trust.