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To: Queen Victoria Hospital Board and NHS England & NHS Improvement (NHSE & I)

Stop Queen Victoria Hospital Merger and protect Specialist Services

Stop Queen Victoria Hospital Merger and protect Specialist Services

Protect the world-famous specialist reconstructive services that Queen Victoria Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (QVH) provides for patients living in Kent, Surrey, Sussex and the entire UK and STOP the proposed merger with a super-trust.

Why is this important?

The pioneering surgery QVH is famous for is at risk of being lost forever should a merger be approved.

The multiple mergers between NHS hospitals occurring in the last decade have commonly resulted in hidden and unchallenged loss of services. This risk is posed to QVH specialist services this time.

It has been proposed that QVH merges with a super-sized trust Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (WSHT) and Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust (BSUH), whose focus is providing local services for people living in Sussex ONLY.

QVH is a specialist NHS trust that sits in Sussex. Unlike district general hospitals that only serve the local population, QVH provides specialist services for patients living in a much wider area - Kent, Surrey, Sussex and the rest of the UK.

The services under threat include specialist breast cancer free flap reconstruction surgery (QVH performs 10% of all of the total cases in the UK), specialist eye operations (QVH set up the first UK Eye Bank and performs hundreds of complex corneal surgery on adults and children each year), facial palsy services (QVH is the largest centre in the UK), complex hand surgery (QVH performs reattachment of fingers and thumbs traumatically amputated), head and neck cancer surgery (QVH is the 4th largest unit in the UK), orthodontics (QVH is again the 4th largest treatment unit in the UK) and complex surgery for all types of skin cancer including melanoma.

For more information about this campaign please visit - http://sossqvh.co.uk/

East Grinstead RH19 3DZ, UK

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Reasons for signing

  • At 42 years old I’m Currently battling a breast cancer diagnosis & have needed. Single masectomy..... the breast reconstruction services are absolutely vital in the Kent & surrounding areas to those of us wishing in the future to feel ‘natural & normal again’ I would be absolutely devastated if I could not have the DIEP Reconstruction I plan to have.
  • Several members of my family have benefitted from the excellent specialisms and specialists at the hospital.
  • I have used the specialist facilities here and been relieved to be able to access this relatively locally to me (I’m in Tonbridge). It would be a great loss to the people of Kent if this merger goes ahead.

Updates

2020-11-24 08:51:52 +0000

5,000 signatures reached

2020-11-21 11:44:18 +0000

1,000 signatures reached

2020-11-20 23:49:39 +0000

500 signatures reached

2020-11-20 18:19:15 +0000

100 signatures reached

2020-11-20 17:10:42 +0000

50 signatures reached

2020-11-20 16:32:33 +0000

25 signatures reached

2020-11-20 15:57:34 +0000

10 signatures reached