Afternoon tea with the Board

We invited patients and public to afternoon tea with the Board. Heather Hauschild and Sarah Schofield, along with other members of the Board, enjoyed a cuppa and cake with some of the local people who give up their time to share their experiences with us and help to shape future services.

Afternoon tea with the Board - 2017
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Understanding the barriers faced by people living in the most deprived parts of West Hampshire

We know that overall West Hampshire is an affluent area, where most people are relatively healthy and can look forward to a long life. However, there are pockets of deprivation, where poverty and other issues mean that people have worse health or face barriers when trying to use health services.

To better understand the needs of these communities we have completed targeted engagement work in Andover, Eastleigh and Hythe. To do this, we worked with community associations and churches, who enabled us to attend existing groups and events as a way to speak to local people. This approach allowed us to gather detailed information that is now being used to shape local commissioning plans.

Recent PPG event

The CCG runs a network of PPGs across west Hampshire. The network meets twice a year on a Saturday morning to share ideas and learn from each other. We have speakers from partner organisations such as Healthwatch Hampshire and Patient Voice and run workshops to help PPGs to support their GP practices.

Photo from the back of the room of the event taking place


Have your say on changes to health services in Dorset - Now closed

Have your say on changes to health services in Dorset - Now closed

GPs have previously encouraged people living in the New Forest to make sure their voice was heard in a consultation on possible changes to healthcare in neighbouring Dorset.

It started on 1 December 2016, the NHS in Dorset launched a three month consultation on proposals that could see major changes to acute hospital and community care services across Dorset.

The consultation was part of Dorset Clinical Commissioing Group’s (CCG) Clinical Services Review. This proposed changes to the larger hospitals in the county and bringing more care closer to home through the development of community services including new hubs. Some of these proposed changes would affect people living in the west Hampshire area, including:

  • The proposal that the Royal Bournemouth Hospital should become the major emergency hospital.
  • Poole Hospital would become the major planned care hospital with a 24-hour urgent care centre. The urgent care centre would continue to treat the majority of cases that Poole A&E currently sees with the more severe cases being treated at the major emergency hospital in Bournemouth.

These proposals were developed by local doctors, healthcare professionals, and patient groups.

For people living in the New Forest but who regularly use services located in Dorset, we held special public events. At these meetings we provided more details about the proposals and made record of what you said, which we will share with Dorset CCG (who are running the consultation). We will be announcing the dates and locations of these meetings shortly.

A list of where copies of the consultation document can be found is available at On the website you will also find an interactive online map which shows what the proposals mean for local healthcare, along with details of local public events where copies of the consultation document – Improving Dorset’s Healthcare – are available.

Anyone who doesn’t have access to the internet can find out where to find a copy of the consultation document and questionnaire by calling 01202 541946.

The three month public consultation on changes proposed in Dorset’s Clinical Services Review (CSR) starts on 1 December 2016 and concludes on 28 February 2017.