Salisbury District Hospital is to become part of a regional network of specialist centres for vascular surgery.

Salisbury will be joining Dorset County Hospital Foundation Trust and the Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals Foundation Trust in a ‘hub and spoke’ model agreed by commissioners.

Major arterial surgery moved to Bournemouth at the start of December.

Emergency treatment for abdominal aortic aneurysms has transferred to Bournemouth as of 1 December and planned treatment for abdominal aortic aneurysms will move from 1 April 2014.

Other major arterial surgery, such as surgery to remove blood clots in the carotid artery and major bypass surgery for blocked arteries in the leg, will move to Bournemouth in a phased way following 1 April 2014.

The vascular unit at Salisbury District Hospital will not close and all other vascular tests and surgery such as varicose veins, treatment of leg ulcers and diabetic foot problems will continue to be carried out in Salisbury.