We have pulled together a selection of Frequently Asked Questions about the Hampshire Together programme.

If you have a question that is not answered below, please email hh-ft.hampshiretogether@nhs.net and let us know!

Hampshire Together is a programme that will 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 Health Infrastructure Plan to modernise NHS hospitals.

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.

A new hospital supports this ambition, but our ideas go beyond it. We are also thinking about ways in which we can change health services across the area to make them work better, both for our patients and our hard-working staff.

Hampshire Together is a partnership between a wide range of bodies who share the common characteristic that they care about the health and wellbeing of the people of north and mid Hampshire.  

The key partners are:

Our aim is for any new acute hospital to be designed in such a way that it could accommodate partners in mental health, primary health, social care and more in a ‘health campus’.

The NHS is ever-changing – and so are the challenges we face. At present there are four main issues which need to be tackled by this programme.

  • Our changing population
  • Clinical sustainability
  • The condition of the buildings operated by Hampshire Hospitals
  • Financial resilience

More information about these challenges can be found on the Our challenges page of this website.

Our Consultation Mandate makes it clear which organisations are responsible for making which decisions as part of this programme.

In short, there are two decisions to be made:

  1. How do we need to change the way acute clinical services are provided?
  2. How are we going to deliver these services?

The first decision will be made jointly by the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Partnership of CCGs, Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and West Hampshire CCG.

The second decision will be made by Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Clearly neither of these decisions will be made in isolation - and the decisions made will be informed by public engagement and public consultation.

NHS England and NHS Improvement will decide whether to approve the business case and without their support the programme cannot progress. 

Without approval from planning authorities and other parties, a new building cannot be built. 

There are many parties involved in this programme, which is why it is so important that we ensure we are aware of all the ideas, concerns and opportunities from the start.

Nothing, including the location of and services provided in any future hospital, has yet been decided – and we want to hear your views!

Over the course of the summer we will be engaging with the public, our staff and stakeholders to gather views on the programme. This feedback will then be fed into the decision making process where it will directly affect our thinking.

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 - while you can have your say by filling out our online comment form.

From that point we aim to be able to release a summary of our findings before Christmas, with formal public consultation on a number of options following in 2021. This will include a preferred way forward which we think is the best of them.

After this process has been concluded and fully assessed we will announce our decision as soon as possible.

We hope to begin work to construct the new hospital in 2024/25, with the aim of opening some time between 2026 and 2030.

At this stage, no decisions have been taken on location.

We are looking at all options across the area covered by Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and will take into account a whole range of factors including accessibility for staff, patients and visitors. 

If you have any ideas about potential sites for a new hospital, let us know using the comment form here.

As you may recall, Hampshire Hospitals was named as one of the trusts chosen to receive capital funding as part of the Department of Health and Social Care’s Health Infrastructure Plan (HIP), which is designed to support 40 hospital building projects across the country between 2025 and 2030.

Hampshire Together is the programme that will deliver this new hospital to serve the people of north and mid Hampshire - as well as many other healthcare benefits.

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.

A new hospital supports this ambition, but the programme’s impact will reach far beyond the walls of this new building, involving GPs, mental health, community care, social care and the wider voluntary sector, as well as acute hospital care. We want to change health services across the area to make them work better, both for our patients and our hard-working staff.

We are keeping a close eye on the situation but have been assured that the government is still committed to the health infrastructure investment.

What happens at the hospitals currently run by Hampshire Hospitals will depend on what services are provided at the new hospital and where it is situated.

At this stage, no decisions have been taken and no options generated - and we would we welcome your views on this issue. Bearing in mind the challenges we face and the factors that we must consider when thinking about this issue, what services do you think need to be provided in which location moving forward?

Deciding which services are provided in which locations is one of the difficult choices that we need to make as part of this programme.

At this stage, no decisions have been taken - and we would we welcome your views on this issue. Bearing in mind the challenges we face and the factors that we must consider when thinking about this issue, what services do you think need to be provided in which location moving forward?

In recent years Hampshire Hospitals has undertaken a number of public engagement exercises on potential changes to clinical models and infrastructure for the delivery of acute health services in north and mid-Hampshire. 

This included the development of a full business case for a Critical Treatment Hospital (CTH) in 2016 and an associated pre-consultation research exercise conducted in May 2017. 

We are building on all of the previous work – but this is a new project.

Hampshire Together presents a phenomenal opportunity for the people of north and mid Hampshire - and there are three clear areas of benefit:

  1. An opportunity to join up health and care across the area
  2. State-of-the-art-buildings, technology and equipment
  3. An economic opportunity for the whole area

You can find out more about all of these on the Benefits page.

All NHS and social care organisations across the area are determined 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.

A new hospital supports this ambition, but the programme’s impact will reach far beyond the walls of this new building, involving GPs, mental health, community care, social care and the wider voluntary sector, as well as acute hospital care. We want to change health services across the area to make them work better, both for our patients and our hard-working staff.

This is a fantastic opportunity to join up the health and care system in our area.

We have been striving for more joined up services for a number of years, and a project of this magnitude gives us a real opportunity to bring mental health and physical health care closer together.

We can also ensure that we connect GPs and hospital doctors using digital technology, as well as incorporating the voluntary and the social care sectors into our design principles from the beginning.  

In order to allow us to produce an engagement report, formal public engagement drew to a close at 5pm on Friday 7 August 2020.

However, there will be many more opportunities for you to have your say over the course of the programme.

Have your say!

During this phase of our engagement process, we are asking the public to give us their thoughts based on a listening document, which sets out what Hampshire Together involves, why it is necessary, the opportunities it presents and the factors we need to bear in mind when making some difficult decisions.

Click here to read the listening document

Please read it and then give us your views on the challenges, opportunities and decisions involved in the programme - it really will help us to make sure that we get the best possible outcome. Just fill out the comments form on the Your views page!

Secondly, we are keen to hear from you if you are interested in running a small focus group session for service users. Visit the Running a focus group page for more information.

Engagement is a continuous process. We are constantly taking comments and feedback from patients, carers and families on our services and their experiences to help us adapt and improve.

In a programme to build a new hospital, there are lots of ways in which patient participation can inform and influence the development of proposals. That way we know that the proposals we present in a pubic consultation will already take account of a wide range of community views.

Public consultation is a formal opportunity to submit comments and feedback on specific proposals that will feed directly into the local NHS decision about the size, shape and location of the hospital it wants to build.

Most service changes in the NHS don’t require a formal public consultation. Those that do include proposals that affect a large number of people, or change the location of a service. In this case, possibly moving a hospital does both.

A consultation leads to a decision being made about changes to health and care. It will be designed to get communities involved in decision making and to help us understand how Hampshire residents may be affected by the changes, while Hampshire County Council will be scrutinising the proposals in detail too.

In order to allow us to produce an engagement report, formal public engagement drew to a close at 5pm on Friday 7 August 2020.

However, there will be many more opportunities for you to have your say over the course of the programme.