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THE NHS has dedicated a hospital room to the memory of a man who worked tirelessly to improve health care in the county.

Tom Smith, who died on New Year’s Eve, was the chairman of the Hampshire Local Involvement Network – the county’s patient group which enables people to have influence over their health and social care services.

In recognition of the 79-year-old’s dedication and contribution, NHS Hampshire has named a room at Fareham Community Hospital after him.

Richard Samuel, director of strategic planning and corporate affairs at NHS Hampshire, said: ‘Tom made a valuable contribution to a number of projects to improve and develop local services.

‘He made a huge contribution to the project that built and opened Fareham Community Hospital, which is why it is so fitting to remember his contribution by dedicating a room to his memory.’

Before LINk, Mr Smith was chairman of the Patient and Public Involvement Forum in Fareham and Gosport and a member of the Expert and User Panel of NHS Direct.