MP Flick Drummond urging residents to have say on new hospital
This was published in the Hampshire Chronicle: https://www.hampshirechronicle.co.uk/news/18897866.mp-flick-drummond-ur…
MEON Valley residents are being urged to have their say on plans to build a new hospital towards Basingstoke – meaning longer travel times.
MP Flick Drummond is asking constituents to get in touch and air their views on Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust’s multi-million-pound scheme.
As previously reported, the trust and its healthcare partners have identified to sites for the new state-of-the-art facility including land near junction 7 on the M3 and at the existing Basingstoke Hospital site.
The move has discounted any new build at the Royal Hampshire County Hospital (RHCH) in Winchester, which means much longer journeys for treatment for many people in the Meon Valley.
The options will now go out to a public consultation next year, but Ms Drummond wants to know what local people think.
She said: “This new hospital is certainly an opportunity to improve and centralise treatment for mid and north Hampshire with state-of-the-art facilities and expertise but I am concerned that any move to the site of the existing Basingstoke Hospital is simply too far away from my constituents.
“The junction 7 site has merit because it is a nightmare to park at the RHCH and so even a longer journey might be better and overall quicker for Meon Valley residents if there is ample parking at this site.
“However, the Basingstoke hospital site is, I believe, a real problem. It even takes quite some time to get to from most of Basingstoke and it’s difficult to find.
“This is my initial view but I want to know what my constituents think so I can feed that back to the trust and in my consultation response. I would also urge local people to get involved in the public consultation when it opens next year.
“This is an important decision that will frame how and where healthcare is delivered for mid Hampshire for many years.”
Meon Valley residents can get in touch with her by emailing email@example.com or writing to her at House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA.