A public consultation on proposals for investing between £700 million and £900 million in hospital services across Hampshire closes at the end of this week.

The consultation, which was launched by the NHS in Hampshire in December, will have run for 14 weeks by the time it closes on Sunday (March 17).

During that time, patients, local people, and NHS staff have had the chance to have their say on proposals which include building a new specialist acute hospital in Basingstoke or near Junction 7 of the M3, and significant investment in refurbishing Winchester hospital.

The consultation included a variety of face-to-face and online events.

Dr Lara Alloway, chief medical officer at NHS Hampshire and Isle of Wight Integrated Care Board, said: “It is only by listening to our patients, carers, staff, local people, and our partners, that we can make our proposals as good as they can possibly be. We are incredibly grateful to and thank everyone who has got involved and shared their views as part of the consultation.

“An independent research company will now collate and analyse all the responses we have received, including what we heard at our events, focus groups and in telephone surveys, the results of the consultation questionnaire, and feedback we received via other methods, including in writing, or by telephone.

“They will then develop a consultation report, which will provide a comprehensive picture of the views of those who have responded to the consultation proposals.”

The consultation report is due to be published later in the year before a ‘decision making business case’ is developed, which will set out how the NHS has further refined the proposals. It will also describe how the local NHS has responded to the views it has heard in the consultation. A decision on how to proceed is also expected later in the year.

To find out more about the proposals, and keep up-to-date with the latest news, visit www.hampshiretogether.nhs.uk