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Better Care Together – Next Steps to better care in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland

You're invited to one of our events in October and November

In Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland (LLR) we have the opportunity to invest significantly in  Leicester’s outdated hospital buildings and significantly improve services for the benefit of local people.

To talk about these proposed improvements, NHS partners in LLR are inviting the public to a series of open engagement events to share the plans for the hospitals and maternity services in Leicester.  As an integral part of the Better Care Together programme for LLR, people can also hear about other work underway to make care better for patients – including improvements to the healthcare that patients receive at home and in the local community.

The events will be held between 5pm and 7.45pm.  People can drop in for the whole event or just come along for either the informal discussions on NHS plans for improvements, between 5pm and 6pm, or attend the formal presentations and question and answer session which will start at 6.00pm.

When and where:

  • Monday 29 October, Loughborough Town Hall, Market Place, Loughborough, LE11 3EB
  • Tuesday 30 October, Peepul Centre, Orchardson Avenue, Leicester, LE4 6DP
  • Thursday 1 November, Civic Centre, Burton Street, Melton Mowbray, LE13 1GH
  • Wednesday 7 November, Lyric Rooms, Lower Church Street, Ashby-de-la-Zouch, LE65 1AB
  • Wednesday 14 November, Eyres Monsell Club and Institute, Littlejohn Road,  Leicester, LE2 9BL
  • Thursday 15 November at The Three Swans Hotel, 21 High Street, Market Harborough, LE16 7NJ
  • Monday 19 November, Rutland County Council, Catmose Street, Oakham, LE15 6HP

What is being proposed?

The improvements being proposed would reconfigure the three hospitals currently run by University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust.  Those hospitals are the Leicester Royal Infirmary, Glenfield Hospital and Leicester General Hospital.

Under the proposals, acute services – where patients receive short-term treatment for an urgent medical condition, or during recovery from surgery – would be moved to two hospitals. These would be the Leicester Royal Infirmary and Glenfield Hospital.

Some non-acute health services would continue to be provided at Leicester General Hospital, including the Leicester Diabetes Centre of Excellence, GP Access Imaging Hub and Stroke Rehabilitation.

Those plans include building a brand new single site maternity hospital at Leicester Royal Infirmary along with a dedicated Children’s Hospital. At the Glenfield Hospital we want to create a new treatment centre dedicated to planned surgery.  This will mean that fewer operations are cancelled and we can build more wards to treat the increase in patients we are seeing with heart, chest and lung problems.

We recognise that people have questions about the proposals for the consolidation of level 3 intensive care services onto two of our sites and we look forward to the opportunity to explain why this is so important and the impact of this change on the wider reconfiguration plans.

People will also be able to talk to representatives from NHS organisations about the progress being made to keep more people well and out of hospital and provide better care in a crisis, as well as discussing the changes that will deliver more care close to home – particularly for those people who have one or more long term condition and those in need of high quality specialist care.

We look forward to welcoming people to one of the events to discuss in much more details the proposed plans and discuss the practical benefits they will deliver in the future and respond to any concerns that people may have.

Before you attend:

To give us an indication of the number of people attending each event, we would be grateful if you could register your attendance at http://www.bettercareleicester.nhs.uk/getinvolved/, email       BCTComms@westleicestershireccg.nhs.uk or call 0116 295 4104.

Further information regarding the events is available by visiting www.bettercareleicester.nhs.uk