South Central Strategic Health Authority
John Smith Drive
Oxford Business Park South
Oxford OX4 2LH
Improving health and alleviating the causes of poor health for the benefit of patients, the public and taxpayer alike in Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.
NHS South Central covers the counties of Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. It runs from Banbury and Milton Keynes at its northern edge down to the Isle of Wight in the south.
From 01 October 2006, there are nine PCTs, ten acute trusts (one of which is a Foundation Trust), three mental health trusts, one learning disability trust, one specialist trust and one ambulance trust, serving a population of around 4million people across 10,000 sq km – four times the size of Luxembourg.
The total budget of NHS South Central is over £4.5bn, used to provide primary and secondary healthcare services to the public. Helping to achieve this are more than 93,000 people who work in primary and secondary care – approximately 5% of the working population - making the NHS the largest employers in the South Central area.
In NHS South Central there are:
- More than 25,500 qualified nurses
- 2,300 hospital consultants
- 2,700 GPs