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Foundation Trust


What is an NHS Foundation Trust hospital? What will it mean for the RUH to become one? How will it affect the care we provide to almost half a million people?

On these pages of our website we will provide the answers to those and many other questions and help you decide how you might like to get involved and have your say in your hospital.

About the Trust

We are a successful hospital with very low incidences of infections such as MRSA and Clostridium difficile. Our waiting times are much shorter than they have been for many years and the vast majority of people who come to our Emergency Department are seen and treated within the nationally set target of four hours.

In addition, our books are balanced and with careful money management, we manage to make a surplus in order to make significant repayments on our historic debt.

However, we believe we can do better and that we can make those improvements and more by becoming an NHS Foundation Trust – delivering and even better standards of healthcare to our patients.

Foundation Trust Status

As an NHS Foundation Trust we will be free from central government control, but we will continue to deliver free care based on need not ability to pay. We will be more flexible about how our money is invested in patient care and be more accountable to patients, staff and visitors through a body called the Council of Governors.

If you'd like to know more detail about how we will operate as an NHS Foundation Trust hospital, you can read our Constitution.


Our Improvement Journey

See the RUH presentation given to the Board of the NHS South of England in February 2012 about the quality improvements we have made which have brought us to the point where we are almost ready to formally apply to become an NHS Foundation Trust.

Our Improvement Journey


Foundation Trust Constitution



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