Health minister Caroline Dinenage was able to see the impact that central funding is having at the Royal Hampshire County Hospital in Winchester, when she paid a visit on Monday 7th October.
The Minister of State for Care visited several departments across the hospital, meeting staff and hearing about future plans for healthcare in Hampshire. These plans received a boost last week with the news that Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is one of 21 trusts granted seed funding as part of the Department of Health and Social Care’s Health Infrastructure Plan.
During her visit, Caroline was shown Burrell House, a historic but currently unused building on the hospital site, for which fundraising is underway to create Winchester Hospice. She then went to the emergency department, where she was able to see new areas that were completed earlier this year.
She said: “I was honoured to visit Royal Hampshire County Hospital and hear how staff from Hampshire Hospitals are working with partners including Southern Health and Hampshire County Council to modernise services and provide the best possible care. It is vital that our hospitals are well equipped to support patients’ individual health needs and ensure the best possible outcomes.”