Queen Alexandra Hospital’s vascular service praised

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THE vascular service at Queen Alexandra Hospital has been praised for performing well, despite a question mark over its future.

The accolade came from Simon Jupp, the director of commissioning for the Wessex Area Team, which is in charge of paying for specialist services.

He spoke yesterday at Hampshire County Council’s health, overview and scrutiny committee meeting.

He said: ‘For four years and two months the service has been under some sort of threat.

‘The hospital trust has improved patient outcomes, so we must acknowledge what it has done.’ At the moment, both QA Hospital in Portsmouth and Southampton General Hospital provide vascular services.

But Wessex would like all emergency vascular surgery to move to Southampton in order to meet national specifications.

This would count as phase one of a three-part plan to then move non-emergency work.

Councillors in Portsmouth say this move would be a significant change of service and would therefore need a full three-month public consultation.

But at yesterday’s meeting councillors said that phase one alone did not count as a significant change.

After a review of the first two phases, plans to move stroke and major amputations to Southampton will also be discussed.

Councillors on the committee said that Wessex need to come back with fuller, more detailed plans on these phases, before they could consider that this is a significant change.

It is hoped that Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust and University Hospital Southampton Trust, will agree on a network model.

If not, a consultation is likely to start on May 26, and the proposed changes implemented in November.