STRUCTURE: Basingstoke and North Hampshire Foundation Trust has taken over Winchester and Eastleigh Trust to become Hampshire Hospitals Foundation Trust.

A statement from the new trust said it is one of the first times in the south of England that one acute hospital trust has taken over another.

The new trust will have around 5,000 staff and a turnover of £300m a year, serving a population of around 600,000 in Hampshire and west Berkshire.

The body’s board is dominated by former members of the Basingstoke and North Hampshire foundation trust. Elizabeth Padmore remains as chair, and the chief executive will continue to be Mary Edwards. Donna Green will stay in the chief operating officer and chief nurse role, as will David French as chief financial officer and Dr Andrew Bishop as chief medical officer.

However, senior clinicians from the former Winchester trust will take leadership roles throughout the organisation.

Ms Edwards said she was “very optimistic about the future and what Hampshire Hospitals can achieve”.