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Hampshire hospital trust to serve 600,000 people after merger

Two hospital trusts have merged to come under the umbrella of the new Hampshire NHS Foundation Trust.

The trust will serve a population of 600,000 people across Hampshire and parts of West Berkshire.

Basingstoke and North Hampshire Foundation NHS Trust has acquired Winchester and Eastleigh Healthcare NHS Trust.

The new trust will deliver services at Basingstoke and North Hampshire, Andover and Winchester hospitals.

It is one of the first acquisitions in the south of England by an acute hospital foundation trust of another acute hospital.

More independent

The change means Andover War Memorial Hospital and Royal Hampshire County Hospital in Winchester will be run more independently from government control than previously, as they will be managed by a hospital trust with foundation status.

Hospitals with foundation status have devolved powers and are not directed by the government. They have more freedom over strategy and how services are run.

The new trust will also provide outpatient and assessment services from Bordon and Alton community hospitals.

A council of governors has been elected by the 18,000 members of the new organisation to represent the interests of patients and the public.

The organisation will continue to be led by Elizabeth Padmore, Chairman and Mary Edwards, Chief Executive, who previously headed up Basingstoke and North Hampshire Foundation NHS Trust.

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