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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

  • In my experience, Queen Vic Hospital works very well for the benefit of local residents (including Surrey), for whom the small size is an advantage – more flexible and friendly. Merging it into a mega Trust will only benefit the internal administrators, who like to spread overheads over a large income stream.
  • My Dad recently underwent significant complicated jaw surgery to remove a tumour
  • Having supported someone who was lucky enough to be a patient at QVH the skills and care that they provide should be available to as wide a population as posiible.

Updates

2020-12-20 09:58:18 +0000

10,000 signatures reached

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