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Tuesday, 21 October 2014

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Morecambe Bay fails in appeal to save vascular services used by South Cumbria patients

The University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust has been told its appeal submitted to NHS Lancashire, concerning the Vascular Services Review across Lancashire and Cumbria, has not been upheld.

UHMBT had asked for a regional review of vascular services, which has seen plans put forward for high-level surgery to be centralised, to be overturned.

The proposal is for three specialist intervention centres to serve Cumbria, Lancashire, Wigan and Dumfries and Galloway.

The planned sites are at The Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle, the Royal Blackburn Hospital and Royal Preston Hospital.

Under the new plans, routine surgery, day-case and outpatient appointments would still be carried out at patients’ local hospitals.

But the UHMBT, which currently provides specialist surgery for its patients at the Royal Lancaster Infirmary and applied to provide one of the specialist centres there, said it has operated its vascular unit for more than 40 years and built a national reputation based on its expertise.

Speaking after learning the trust's appeal against the proposals had failed, Sir David Henshaw, UHMBT interim chairman, said: “The Trust is extremely disappointed with this outcome.

“The trust board will ensure that it works with commissioners for the benefits of patients, however it is now considering its legal position in respect of this and the possible grounds for a judicial review of the decision which we believe is fundamentally flawed.

“Our vascular unit has evolved under the strong influence of its consultant staff.

It has developed a regional and national reputation, based on excellence of speciality training, and has played its part in national and international research and development.

 “We are aware of the local strength of feeling in support of our appeal and would like to thank all of our staff, governors and stakeholders for their assistance.”

Have your say

To be fair, this particular cut isn't going to affect Barrow. There wasn't any vascular surgery there anyway- it takes no longer to get to Preston than to Lancaster, and not much longer to get to Carlisle.

Posted by WilliamT on 15 January 2013 at 11:04

Just one of many services that are going. Frontline staff already having their hours cut to pay for more managers. PEOPLE OF BARROW YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED.

Posted by you have been warned on 14 January 2013 at 19:25

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