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Operations could be cancelled during strikes by doctors

Patients at Southampton General Hospital could have their operation cancelled during strikes Credit: ITV Meridian

Patients in Hampshire could have their operations cancelled - if strikes by junior doctors go ahead.

Southampton General Hospital and The Royal County Hospital in Winchester are among those affected.

It follows a ballot last week where junior doctors across England voted to strike during three days in December.

The University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust trust responsible for both hospitals says it's working to minimise disruption to patients.

Patients at Royal Hampshire County Hospital could have their operation cancelled during strikes Credit: ITV Meridian

"Since the announcement (of strike action), human resources and senior clinical staff across University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust have been working alongside junior doctor representatives and the BMA to develop plans to minimise disruption to patients.

"To ensure our hospitals run as safely and as effectively as possible during the periods of strike action, we expect to cancel some outpatient clinics and non-urgent theatre lists to reallocate clinical staff in other areas.

"Any patients who will be affected if strike action goes ahead will be contacted via telephone and letter beforehand.

"The letter will state that their appointment has been cancelled and will be rescheduled but, if strike action does not go ahead, they should attend their appointment as planned.

"Patients whose appointments will not be affected will not hear from us and should plan to attend hospital as normal."

– Dr Caroline Marshall Chief operating officer University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust

"Our priority will be the safety of everyone in our care and ensuring we continue to see urgent and emergency patients who need our help on the strike days.

"Patients should continue to attend the hospital as normal unless they have been contacted by the hospital to make alternative arrangements."

– Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Common People Festival to return to Southampton

Thousands of people attended the Common People festival in Southampton last May Credit: ITV Meridian

The organisers of Southampton's Common People Festival have confirmed it will return to the city next year.

Held on the Common it will be back for two days on May 28th and 29th.

It's organised by former Radio 1 DJ Rob Da Bank and this year's event saw acts such as Fatboy Slim, Grace Jones and De La Soul perform.


Itchen Bridge toll barriers back as 25,000 fail to pay fee

Itchen Bridge barriers to return after thousands ignore crossing fee

Toll barriers are being re-introduced at the Itchen Bridge in Southampton this afternoon.

So far this year more than 25,000 drivers have failed to make full payments for their crossing - the unpaid sum adds up to around twelve and a half thousand pounds in lost revenue.

Southampton City Council said that in the short-term there may be delays as drivers get used to the new system. The toll only accepts the correct change or a SmartCities Card.


Have your say on the future of Southampton's Bargate Shopping Centre

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A consultation begins today on plans to knock down the Bargate Shopping Centre in Southampton and build new homes and businesses on the city centre site. The developers say the proposals are at an early stage, but they want to gauge public opinion.

The Bargate Centre opened in Southampton 27 years ago but has been been empty for several years. It struggled after the opening of West Quay Shopping Centre and was boarded up when the last shops moved out more than 2 years ago. The new development could also create hundreds of new jobs.

The consultation event takes place from 3-8pm on October 21 at the centre, where residents can give their views and ask questions.

Woman robbed outside Southampton hospital while visiting her sick daughter

A woman has been robbed while she was on her way to hospital to visit her daughter who is being treated for cancer. The 53 year old woman from the Channel Islands was robbed of her handbag and injured in Tremona Road, close to Southampton General. The victim attempted to keep hold of her bag, but felt something sharp on her hand and let go. She was later treated for a cut to her hand by a nurse.

The victim's brown handbag contained a white purse, another small purse with the letter 'C' on the side, and HSBC bank card and £50 in cash.

The victim described the man as: White. Dark hair. Around 5ft 6ins tall. Wearing jeans and a dark top. Police are appealing for witnesses.

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