Hampshire leaders welcome bid to create Great Ormond Street-style hospital in region

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Ursula Ward, chief executive of the Portsmouth Hospitals Trust, at the new entrance to Queen Alexandra Hospital.

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LEADERS have backed plans to pour £2m into the creation of a new children’s emergency and trauma unit in Hampshire – akin to Great Ormond Street Hospital in London.

Chancellor George Osborne revealed in his Budget that cash from a £45m pot made up banking fines would go towards the new facility.

The preferred location is Southampton.

It comes after Portsmouth North MP Penny Mordaunt met Queen Alexandra Hospital boss Ursula Ward to discuss the plans.

Ms Mordaunt said: ‘The QA do not think that the proposed children’s hospital over at Southampton would have any negative impact on the QAs services, which is good as I’m keen to support the Solent area having its own specialist children’s hospital like Great Ormond Street.’

Stewart Dunn, chief executive of Hampshire Chamber of Commerce, welcomed the news. He said: ‘We are delighted with his announcement that £2m in banking fines will be diverted to help fund children’s emergency hospital services in Southampton.