A CALL has been made to shape what should be a hospital trust's priorities for 2019.

Alex Whitfield, the chief executive of Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, is asking the people of Hampshire for their input as she decides the organisation’s priorities for the coming year.

The trust, which runs Andover War Memorial Hospital, Basingstoke and North Hampshire Hospital and Royal Hampshire County Hospital, in Winchester, sets itself a set of priorities each year.

The priorities are split into four key areas – 'Outstanding care for our Patients', 'Empowered People', 'Living within our Money' and 'Innovating for the Future'.

A shortlist of priorities for the trust to achieve over the course of 2019/20 has been drawn up, including things like

reducing the number of patients spending more than seven days in hospital, increasing the number of volunteers and reducing nursing agency costs.

 Now the people of Hampshire are being asked to have their say on which ones they think the trust should focus on by visiting surveymonkey.co.uk/r/HHFTpriorities.

Ms Whitfield said: “Having a clear, concise list of priorities will help us to focus our efforts on the things that are most important to achieve over the course of the year – and by taking part in the survey, you can have your say on what these are.

“All of the things that have made the shortlist have done so because they are important to us and we will continue to work towards them, whether or not they are included in the final list of priorities. I’m looking forward to finding out which of them matter most to our patients and their families, our staff and the population we serve.”