The children's heart unit at Southampton General Hospital's Ocean Ward is the SECOND HIGHEST performing centre in the country. Its future is now in doubt and we need your help to save it. Please log onto www.saveourheartunit.org and fill in the online consultation questionnaire to show your support (choose option B for Southampton).
The heart unit at Southampton is excellent and saved my little boy's life when he was just two weeks old. He will need a big operation at 5 or 6 years and it will break my heart to leave his sister at home and travel to Bristol or London with a lower standard of care.. my little man deserves the best, as do all the other children currently depending on the fantastic staff at Southampton. Please help!
MD in Private Eye was pointing out the stupidity of forgetting the Isle of Wight. But it sounded as if that was the only reason to save Southampton - I think he was saying they just don't do enough surgery to maintain their skills.
I read the article by MD as well. Southampton's problem is that it is too near to other places the standards are EXCELLENT, all of the surgeons would be moved to the remaing two units at Bristol and London BUT heaven help the kid who needs help from the Island as the NHS won't be able to.