While pati ent care is our priority, maintaining a strong and stable positi on is essenti al to our future as a provider of care in Hampshire. Our fi nancial performance as BNHFT was strong and we managed our money so that we had a surplus to reinvest.
WEHCT had made a small loss over the nine months prior to acquisiti on against a plan of break-even for the full-year. Bringing two organisati ons together means we end the year, and our fi rst quarter as HHFT, with some predictable challenges but with robust plans for a sustainable future.
There are a number of examples of investments we have made. During the year we opened The Firs, a purpose- built step-down unit for pati ents who need rehabilitati on in an environment where local GPs are involved in their care alongside hospital teams. We also opened a new Acute Assessment Unit next to our Emergency Department in Basingstoke so that pati ents referred by their GP can be seen in an easily accessible, spacious and calm environment. You will fi nd details of these and other acti viti es in this report.
Last year was a year of change and all our staff played key roles to ensure we were able to increase our effi ciency, minimise our carbon footprint and invest in our infrastructure.
Our membership grew to 18,500 and we will conti nue to work hard to stay in touch with our members in the year ahead, while our governors will make sure their views are represented. The strength of our excellent leadership team ensured a smooth transiti on as we became Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundati on Trust and will conti nue to provide passion and commitment for the years ahead.
I am very proud of all that we’ve achieved and confi dent that we will build on these achievements to provide even bett er services for pati ents in the year ahead.
Elizabeth J Padmore Chairman
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