A new hospital for Hampshire: deciding how £700 to £900 million can be spent on improving hospital services

 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.

Since the consultation ended all the feedback we received has been analysed by an independent research organisation. They have prepared a report for us setting out what people think about the proposals.

We have also published our own consultation activity report which shows how over 98,000 people interacted with the consultation through various routes such as by attending one of our listening events, engaging with social media posts and attending community groups as well as by responding directly to the questionnaire.  

Following an assessment by the Consultation Institute, under its Consultation Quality Assurance Scheme, the public consultation has fully met the requirements for ‘best practice’. The highest award that can be made.  

Next steps

NHS Hampshire and Isle of Wight (the NHS body responsible for planning and buying health services for the population), together with NHS England in relation to specialised services, will consider the feedback from the consultation, along with a wide range of other evidence, information and data to develop a decision-making business case and use that to decide which option to implement.

We will continue to share information with staff, patients, local people, and wider stakeholders during this time.

Our final decision-making meeting will be held in public to allow those who are interested to hear the discussion and how the decision is made. We will publish the details of this meeting when they are available.

Once a decision has been made on the future of acute hospital services in Hampshire, detailed implementation planning will begin. Subject to planning permission, we expect to be able to open the doors to our new hospital in the early 2030s.

As we move into the implementation phase we will regularly involve and engage patients, staff and local people to ensure their views continue to inform our work.