THE boss of Winchester and Eastleigh Healthcare Trust has said the planned redevelopment of Andover War Memorial Hospital will be done right - because designers were sent back to the drawing board eight times.

The board of the trust agreed to fund the £3 million modernisation scheme, whi-ch will see outpatient and phlebotomy departments, as well as a minor injuries unit, moved into a revitalised building within the hospital's grounds, at a meeting last week.

The trust's chief executive, Martin Wakeley, said: "There have been eight iterations of the detailed plans, which has ensured that we are following all of the requirements we need to and get the best from the development.

"I can assure the board that by having eight different iterations as many requirements as possible have been taken into account to get this right."

The board agreed a budget of £2.95 million and the project will soon be put out to competitive tender.

The new project will be completed in nine months once contractual arrangements are finalised and planning consent is granted for a new entrance to the building,