World-class vascular services for southern Hampshire

In 2015, an expert clinical review by the Vascular Society of Great Britain and Ireland concluded that change was needed at both Southampton General Hospital and Queen Alexandra Hospital, Portsmouth to ensure safe, high quality vascular services and to meet the requirement to provide seven-day working across the NHS.

Their report recommended the best way of securing resilient services would be the creation of one Wessex Vascular Network. Local doctors agree. NHS England and local doctors have worked together to develop a plan which they believe will create a world class service in Southern Hampshire.

NHS England believes that by concentrating emergency, major and more complex cases at Southampton General Hospital, with support services available at Portsmouth, Isle of Wight and Winchester, will bring about major benefits for patients. In practice, it will create a stronger network of vascular services across Southern Hampshire, ensuring that there are more doctors with the right specialist skills to treat patients 24/7.

Do you use these services, or have you used them in the past?

NHS England wants to hear from patients, relatives, carers and the public across Southern Hampshire, so that they can make any changes work in the best interests of patients.

Join the discussion - attend a Listening Event between May 10 and 19, 2016

A series of ‘listening’ events for local people, patients, carers and relatives who have an interest in vascular issues are being held throughout May.

This is an opportunity to hear from NHS England and local vascular surgeons about proposals to change local vascular services. These are drop-in events and everyone is welcome:

  1. Southampton - May 10
  2. Gosport – May 11
  3. Portsmouth – May 12
  4. Newport, Isle of Wight – May 17
  5. Winchester – May 19

Have your say online

If you’re unable to attend one of the listening events, or would prefer to have your say online visit the NHS England consultation hub

For more information about the plans visit the NHS England website

The closing date for comments May 19, 2016.

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