SERVICE DESIGN: NHS South East Hampshire Clinical Commissioning Group has approved a £3m outline business case for development of Chase Community Hospital.

The CCG says the new plan will lead to a significant increase in the number of outpatient services and clinics provided at the hospital.

CCG chair Dr Barbara Rushton said: “Our prime aim all along has been to ensure that Chase has a vibrant, long-term and financially stable future and provides local NHS services that local residents want and need.

“We fully understand the views and concerns of people about some key issues, including the closure of the beds at Chase, the new model of care and future end-of-life care.

“But the way that the NHS cares for people is very different now from when Chase first opened. We firmly believe that the new model of care proposed will effectively meet the healthcare needs of the vast majority of patients who might otherwise have been admitted to Chase.

“The ward closure will free up space to introduce many of the other outpatient services that people have asked us to provide.

“Under our plans, we will spend £2.9 to improve the internal hospital accommodation and we’ve also invested heavily into training and resourcing the staff who will provide the future model of care.