Improving and modernising our hospitals and health services to help everyone access the right care, in the right place, at the right time so the population of north and mid Hampshire stays healthy

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Hampshire Together: Modernising our Hospitals and Health Services is a programme that has the opportunity to deliver a new hospital to serve the people of north and mid Hampshire, as well as many other healthcare benefits, as part of the government’s New Hospital Programme.

The New Hospital Programme is made up of eight pre-existing schemes and 40 new hospitals. It is the biggest hospital building programme in a generation and is backed by an initial £3.7 billion of investment to provide better care for patients, an improved working environment for staff and to help the NHS reach its net zero carbon ambition.

The New Hospital Programme has agreed four strategic objectives to improve and modernise the delivery of healthcare infrastructure for the NHS:

  1. Delivering hospitals for less cost and less time to address Critical Infrastructure Risk and deliver improved value for money.
  2. Ensure new hospitals integrate innovative national standards for healthcare infrastructure and enable high quality modern healthcare.
  3. Support the co-design and co-creation of schemes in collaboration with local and regional health systems.
  4. Build the foundations for an enduring national capability for enhanced healthcare infrastructure delivery.

The New Hospital Programme is driven by a range of hospitals and the needs they serve; from large generalist hospitals to small specialist hospitals.They are all at different stages in their projects and this helps each one learn and take advantage of standardisation across the programme as well as ensuring new facilities are open and operating as fast as possible.

There are four set Cohorts within the New Hospital Programme:

  • Cohort 1 (In Flight) Programme has no influence over clinical and project requirements, design, or commercial as they are already underway.
  • Cohort 2 (Early) Small schemes Programme focuses on delivering on time and on budget.
  • Cohort 3 (Pathfinder) Programme plays active role on collaboration of designs and influences project requirements, commercial, and delivery of schemes.
  • Cohort 4 (Full Adopter) Programme will influence clinical and project requirements and mandate outcomes for design, commercial, delivery, etc. via hospital playbook.

Hampshire Together is part of cohort 4, which presents a unique opportunity to deliver a new hospital to serve the people of north and mid Hampshire.

All NHS and social care organisations across the area are working hard to make the most of this opportunity. A new acute centralised hospital supports our ambition, and the programme’s impact will reach far beyond the walls of any new building.

Involving GPs, mental health, community care, social care and the wider voluntary sector, as well as acute hospital care we will invest in Royal Hampshire County Hospital, in Winchester, and retain services at Andover War Memorial Hospital. 

We are working closely with colleagues in the New Hospital Programme (NHP) and wider Department of Health and Social Care and have taken every opportunity to demonstrate the importance of a new hospital for Hampshire.

We remain on course and have undertaken extensive clinical, operational and engagement work to ensure that the option choices we ultimately consult on are the very best they can be to deliver safe, high quality and sustainable services in excellent facilities for the people of north and mid Hampshire for the long-term.

More information about the programme can be found on this site and in the listening document that we have created to set out the challenges, opportunities and decisions involved in Hampshire Together.