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Bowel cancer surgery patients in Southampton 'survive'

Patients with bowel cancer at Southampton's teaching hospitals have a 98.2% survival rate after surgery.

The national bowel cancer audit 2013 showed that a team of six surgeons at Southampton General Hospital performed 274 operations with one of the lowest adjusted mortality rates.

Part of the analysis was to judge each trust and gave them a percentage score, based on how ill the patients were, how high risk the procedure was and how many patients survived.

The national average was 3.1% deaths. University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust scored 1.8%.

James Smallwood, a consultant lower gastrointestinal surgeon said, "Achieving the best possible survival rate from major surgery is every surgeons ultimate goal."


Trauma centres across our region saves dozens of lives

Video. Specialist centres set up a year ago to treat seriously injured people have saved dozens of lives. The trauma network deals with people who, for example, have been injured in car accidents or are victims of stabbings.

In our region, Southampton General Hospital is the major trauma centre. With trauma units in Dorchester, Poole, Salisbury, Basingstoke, Portsmouth, the Isle of Wight and Chichester. Experts from across the country have met up to discuss the improved survival rates. Andrew Pate reports.

Cancer patients highly rate Southampton hospitals

Southampton's university hospitals have been named most improved centre in the country by cancer patients.

The University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust recorded some of the highest scores in the country.

91% of patients said they were given clear verbal and written explanations of tests, investigations and operations as well as saying their overall cancer care was 'excellent' or 'very good'.

Three quarters of patients had confidence in the doctors and nurses treating them.

69% also said their families were given the opportunity to talk to hospital doctors.

The national cancer patient experience survey, published by NHS England, questioned 116,000 patients across 155 NHS Trusts about their care, treatment and communication from doctors and nurses.

Fundraisers hold sports day in tribute to Adam Hunt

Adam Hunt's friends and relatives are raising money for Southampton General Hospital

The family and friends of a teenager who died after taking a "legal high" are holding held a charity football match in his memory this afternoon.

Adam Hunt, 18, died in the intensive care unit of Southampton General Hospital on Sunday 18th August 2013. He had taken the drug AMT, a so-called 'legal high'.

Money raised by today's event will go to the hospital unit where staff tried to save his life.


Families dismayed over children's heart surgery review

Families have been left dismayed tonight that, just a year after they fought to save children's heart surgery in the South, its future is again in doubt.

Southampton General Hospital, working with the John Radcliffe in Oxford, found out last July it had been chosen as one of seven centres of excellence and would remain open - while three others elsewhere in the country learned they had lost their fight and would close.

But today the review that led to those decisions was described by the Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt as flawed - and there are concerns about what happens now. Social Affairs Correspondent Christine Alsford has been following the story.

Package also includes WInchester MP Steve Brine.

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NHS England welcomes children's heart unit decision

NHS England welcomed Jeremy Hunt's decision to suspend planned closures of three children's heart surgery units and promised to lead plans to rethink how care can be improved.

Professor Sir Bruce Keogh, Medical Director for NHS England said:

We welcome the review and NHS England will now study its recommendations in full to learn from them. We will institute a new process that recognises the very strong case for redesigning services to meet the demands of the future whilst addressing the legitimate concerns in our local communities.

Future of Southampton heart unit not clear

The Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has told parliament that a review of children's heart surgery units across the UK was based on flawed analysis.

The process to close three hospitals will now be suspended pending a further review by the government.

Jeremy Hunt did not make clear what impact this will have on Southampton General Hospital's heart unit.

The government still insists that larger specialist centres are needed improve the quality of children's heart surgery in the UK.

The Health Secretary insisted that the suspension was not 'a mandate for the status quo' and that NHS England would 'not seek to go over old ground over the past five years'.

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Plans to close children's heart surgery units suspended

Plans to close three children's heart surgery units were suspended by Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt today.

Addressing the House of Commons he said the review was based on "flawed analysis", saying:

The outcome of safe and sustainable review was based on a flawed analysis..and leaves too many questions about sustainability and implementation. This is serious criticism.

I therefore accept their recommendation that the proposals cannot go ahead in their current form, and am suspending the review today.

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