Local people invited to talk about the future of Ashurst Hospital have told NHS leaders they want ‘the right services, closer to home’.
People gave their views at local meetings and in surveys about the health and wellbeing needs of children, young people and families living in and around the New Forest and Totton and Waterside areas.
They also supported a welcoming, child-friendly building to bring together a range of health and wellbeing services under one roof.
The feedback from local people is published in a report by West Hampshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) which also sought the opinions of local health and social care partners, MPs, councillors and NHS staff.
The views of families and young people were sought during the summer of 2017, and further meetings were held in early 2018 with Ashurst Hospital staff, local MPs, councillors and local people.
Rachael King, Director of Commissioning at West Hampshire CCG, said: “I would like to thank everyone who took part for giving us both their time and their valuable opinions. There was strong support for a health and wellbeing centre for children, young people and families.”
Further public engagement work will be undertaken in the future to ensure the local community continues to be involved in the decision making process.
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