We have been given an amazing opportunity to enhance our local NHS services, for decades to come.
We are part of the government’s new programme to replace hospital buildings across the country. Our ambition is to use this opportunity to support the NHS purpose, to improve the health and wellbeing of the population of north and mid Hampshire, now and in the future.
It is no secret that some of our buildings – while much loved – are now approaching the end of their usable lives. This programme will enable us to build a new hospital – complementing existing services and allowing us to embrace new ideas and innovations; all with our patients at the heart of our thinking.
But our ambition is to go even further.
All NHS and social care organisations across the area are determined to make the most of this opportunity as we strive to support patients, their families and their carers to access the right care, in the right place, at the right time in order to keep them healthy.
This project will include our whole local NHS – from GPs to mental health services, community care to acute hospital provision; as well as our colleagues in social care and the wider voluntary sector. As such, we are working together as one, with the aim of delivering fully joined-up care; from hospital to home and everything in between.
Taking advantage of this opportunity will require both significant change and some hard choices - and we want your views on the best way forward. We are also aware that the lessons learned from the COVID-19 outbreak will need to be incorporated into any plans we develop.