A new hospital for Hampshire: Public consultation on £700 to £900 million hospital investment has come to a close

The public consultation on the  once-in-a-generation opportunity to invest up to £900 million in improving hospitals and the quality and sustainability of hospital services for the future, closed on 17 March 2024.

Over the 14 weeks of consultation more than 20 in person public listening events were held and more than eight online, as well as many face to face meetings with community groups that we have been invited to attend.

Pop-up stands were also organised in more than 10 different locations, held drop-in exhibitions, had one-to-one telephone interviews with people, and held focus groups with people across the area.

In order to ensure we hear a wide range of perspectives, we have also actively engaged local schools, community and faith groups, and charities, including for those with mental health needs, disabilities, those who are LGBTQ+, people experiencing homelessness or seeking asylum, young people, and those who are pregnant.

Next steps

An independent research company will now collate and analyse all the responses we have received, including what we heard at our events, focus groups and in telephone surveys, the results of the consultation questionnaire, and feedback we received via other methods, including in writing, or by telephone.

They will then develop a consultation report, which will provide a comprehensive picture of the views of those who have responded to the consultation proposals.

The consultation report is due to be published later in the year before a ‘decision making business case’ is developed, which will set out how the NHS has further refined the proposals. It will also describe how the local NHS has responded to the views it has heard in the consultation. A decision on how to proceed is also expected later in the year.

We are committed to continuing to listen to patients, carers, staff, local people, stakeholders, and local communities as proposals are further developed and refined.