25 February 2021

Everyone living in north and mid Hampshire is invited to join a free online session to hear more about their local NHS, as part of the Hampshire Together: Modernising our Hospitals and Health Services programme. 

The Get to Know Your NHS event, which will take place on Tuesday 9 March 2021 at 7.30pm, has been arranged to provide further information and answer queries on how local services are currently delivered in the lead up to public consultation on the Hampshire Together programme – due to take place later this year.  

The aim of the session is to describe how services are currently delivered and from where and explain why it is felt improvements could be made. 

Dr Matt Nisbet, a local GP, is one of the speakers who will take part in the event. He said: “We know people are interested in what’s going on in their local NHS and care passionately about the services in their local community. During this event, we will showcase what we currently do and explain how and where we do it before looking ahead to the future. 

“We are inviting local residents to join us to hear directly from those involved in the programme. We will also be discussing the best ways to communicate with the public in the lead up to public consultation later this year as we want to hear from as many people as possible. 

“We need to get this right in order to provide the right care, in the right place, at the right time, for generations to come in a timely and sustainable fashion – so I would encourage everyone to attend.” 

The event will take place online via Zoom videoconferencing due to the current restrictions in place to help combat COVID-19 pandemic. If you would like to take part, you can register by visiting https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/get-to-know-your-nhs-tickets-142325640823

The Hampshire Together programme is part of the government’s plan to invest in the NHS and build 40 new hospitals by 2030, with North and mid Hampshire as one of the areas to benefit from funding. 

It includes the potential for the construction of a brand-new hospital, with health and care partners working together to develop health, wellbeing and care services that provide everyone across north and mid Hampshire with access to high-quality, timely and sustainable hospital services as close to home as possible.  

More information about the programme can be found at  www.hampshiretogether.nhs.uk and details of how hospital services are currently provided can also be found online at www.hampshiretogether.nhs.uk/our-vision/how-hospital-services-are-currently-provided



Notes to Editors 

- The following are possible speakers for the event:

  • Alex Whitfield: Chief Executive at Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust 

  • Ruth Colburn-Jackson: Managing Director for North and Mid Hampshire at Hampshire and Isle of Wight Partnership of Clinical Commissioning Groups 

  • Dr Matt Nisbet: GP and Clinical Lead for Business and Partnerships at Hampshire and Isle of Wight Partnership of Clinical Commissioning Groups 

  • Dr Nicola Decker: GP and Clinical Chair for North and Mid Hampshire at Hampshire and Isle of Wight Partnership of Clinical Commissioning Groups 

  • Dr Lara Alloway: Chief Medical Officer at Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust 

  • Dr James Kerr: Consultant in Emergency Medicine at Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust  

  • Dr Dominic Kelly: Consultant Cardiologist at Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust 

  • Emma McKinney: Director of Communications at Hampshire and Isle of Wight Partnership of Clinical Commissioning Groups 

- Hampshire Together involves NHS and social care providers across Alton, Andover, Basingstoke, Eastleigh, Winchester and the surrounding areas. It is being led by the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Partnership of Clinical Commissioning Groups and West Hampshire Clinical Commissioning Group, in partnership with Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. 

- The Hampshire and Isle of Wight Partnership of Clinical Commissioning Groups and West Hampshire Clinical Commissioning Group are responsible for planning and commissioning NHS services across north and mid Hampshire. This involves assessing local needs, deciding priorities and strategies, and then buying services on behalf of the population from providers. 

- Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust provides acute hospital services at Andover War Memorial Hospital, Basingstoke and North Hampshire Hospital and Royal Hampshire County Hospital, as well as some services either at or close to patients’ homes. 

- The Government has confirmed that 40 new hospitals will be built by 2030 as part of the Health Infrastructure Plan’s long-term programme of investment worth £3.7 billion.