In 2015, an expert clinical review by the Vascular Society of Great Britain and Ireland concluded that change was needed at both Southampton and Portsmouth hospitals 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. Our doctors agree. Together we have developed a plan which we believe will create a world class service in southern Hampshire.
We believe that by concentrating emergency, major and more complex cases at Southampton, 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 rely on these services, or have you used them in the past?
We want to hear from patients, relatives, carers and the public across Southern Hampshire, so that we can make any changes work in the best interests of patients.
Join the discussion - attend a listening event 10 to 19 May 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:
Have your say online
If you’re unable to attend one of the listening events, or would prefer to have your say online visit: www.engage.england.nhs.uk
For more information about the plans visit: www.england.nhs.uk/south/2016/04/29/vascular-services-2/
Posted on Monday 9 May 2016