To achieve this, our aim, which is supported by a national and local experts, is to create a critical treatment hospital (CTH). This will make services even safer for the sickest and most at risk patients, such as those suffering from strokes, heart attacks or major injuries, with consultant‐delivered treatment available for the sickest 24/7.
In the same way, centralising obstetric and neonatal consultant care will make this service safer for women who want or need consultant care during or after childbirth.
Much thought went into choosing a location for the CTH that would best serve everyone in our area. The site just off Junction 7 of the M3 was chosen with the help of the ambulance services, who, importantly, identified it as the best place because they could reach it quickly from across our area.
Our aim is that a new Cancer Treatment Centre would be located on the same site as the CTH, making it a centre of excellence for our area. Planning permission has been given for both the CTH and the CTC on this site.
Our hospitals in Basingstoke and Winchester will continue to be the places where most patients are cared for and treated.
These local hospitals will specialise in elective (planned) surgery, will be where patients come for outpatients appointments, midwifery-led birthing centres and urgent care. They will also be able to focus on rehabilitation and the needs of the elderly and frail.
Our hospital in Andover will continue to provide the much-valued service it does today, with even more opportunity for outpatient appointments locally, with its minor injuries unit, day surgery unit and midwife-led birthing unit.
The aim is for there to be more space and opportunity for joined-up services in our local hospitals, with primary care (GPs) and social services on site, so we can meet the needs of the local people even better.
updated 2 March 2017