This short report tells you about our achievements last year, some significant changes and our plans for 2012/13. In January 2012, Basingstoke and North Hampshire NHS Foundation Trust (BNHFT) acquired Winchester and Eastleigh Healthcare NHS Trust (WEHCT) to become Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
This was the culmination of a year of hard work from people in both organisations to achieve one service delivered across three hospital sites – Andover War Memorial Hospital, Basingstoke and North Hampshire Hospital and Royal Hampshire County Hospital, Winchester.
First and foremost we came together as one Foundation Trust to maintain and improve patient care in the areas we serve across Hampshire and parts of West Berkshire.
The integration allows us to keep providing acute services, such as heart attack, stroke and trauma treatment. It means we can make more services available locally in partnership with social and community care. We can continue to attract and retain high quality staff who want to work in a
dynamic organisation with a long-term future. As one Foundation Trust, we can use resources more effectively and we reduce the cost of administrative duplication. This means we can invest in improvements for the benefit of patients.
We believe that the integration is good for the provision of healthcare as a whole in Hampshire. We work more closely with social and community providers to make a better service overall for people living in our area.
Our aim is that patients will be able to access our healthcare locally wherever possible, and at one of our hospitals when that is right for their clinical needs. We are already starting to deliver this, working with local partners in the community.
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