An energetic meeting took place at Moorgreen Hospital last week between various NHS service providers and campaigners.
A third of the hospital site was transferred to the Homes & Communities Agency (HCA) in April this year, for housing development, and a local campaign by Eastleigh Southern Parishes Health Action Group got over 2,200 signatures on a petition to NHS England asking them maintain and expand the health services available at Eastleigh’s only major NHS site.
Nancy Smith of the Eastleigh Southern Parishes Health Action Group and Mark Latham, Labour’s candidate in Eastleigh for the General Election and campaigner for More at Moorgreen, met with Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust who operate the Tom Rudd unit on the site, the hospital owners – NHS Property services, University Hospital Southampton Trust and the Countess Mountbatten Hospice.
The stakeholder group is open to anyone who values the services provided at Moorgreen and wishes to extend and protect them.
Mark Latham said:
“Now, that local residents, medical professionals and community groups are joining in we can show how important Moorgreen is to our community, 10,000 new homes are being built in the borough in the next decade we will need excellent, local, NHS facilities.”
Later this month the HCA will announce which private developer has been chosen to build 115 homes by the Botley Rd and Moorgreen Road junction. The building site has already been cordoned off but patients and staff still park around the lodges.
All the major NHS service providers attended the meeting, as did representatives of University Hospital Southampton Trust and NHS Property services.
Initially the focus was on managing parking and access to the site during the building works, which may last several years.
“It is important that patients and staff can park easily, but we are also helping to develop a ‘green plan’ which encourage walking, cycling and the use of public transport to increase access and reduce car dependency.”
said Scott Jones, Head of Facilities and Environment at Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust.
“We have centres of national excellence in palliative care, at the Hospice here, and in research, at the Memory Assessment and Research Centre, MARC. Building on this, as Eastleigh expands in housing terms we want to see a Healthcare Campus at Moorgreen that is accessible and state of the art for local residents” added Mark Latham.
Photo: (L to R) Tiffany Hallett of Southern Health, Mark Latham, Paula Melhuish of University Hospital Southampton, Jackie Kelly of Countess Mountbatten Hospice, Nancy Smith of Eastleigh Southern Parishes Health Action Group, and Scott Jones of Southern Health outside the Tom Rudd unit at Moorgreen Hospital.