A PUBLIC consultation into proposals on how to best invest up to £900m in hospital services in Hampshire is now over halfway to completion.

Locals, patients and NHS staff are being encouraged to get involved and give their views on the proposals, which include building a new specialist acute hospital in Basingstoke or near Junction 7 of the M3, and significant investment in refurbishing Winchester hospital.

The options, which are currently out to consultation, would transform healthcare for people and communities across the county.

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Chief medical officer at NHS Hampshire and Isle of Wight, Dr Lara Alloway, said: “We have held nine public listening events in person and five online, and there are at least another eight in-person and three online events planned before the consultation closes in mid-March.

“We’re keen to hear from as many people as possible, in whichever way is most convenient for them and are continuing to hold events in a variety of different towns and locations, as well as at different times of day including evenings and weekends, as well as online.

Basingstoke Gazette: Photo from consultation in Eastleigh Photo from consultation in Eastleigh (Image: Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust)

"We’re also continuing to conduct one-to-one telephone surveys and focus groups with people across the area.

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“We’ve made information available in a range of formats, including large print, Easy Read, factsheets, and summary documents, all of which are available on the consultation website at hampshiretogether.nhs.uk."

As well as a series of ‘pop-up’ stands across shopping centres and other community spaces held so far, several drop-in exhibitions with more information are planned for the second half of the consultation.

An animation is also being published and promoted to help explain the proposals to a wider audience, in addition to in-person events. A timetable on these events is available on the Hampshire Together website.