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Get involved in improving health services in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland

8th October 2018 | By Liz Mattock | Posted in

People in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland (LLR) are invited to attend one of six open events to discuss proposals to improve outdated hospitals in Leicester, bringing them up to date and suitable for providing care in the 21st Century.

NHS partners will share plans for the acute hospitals in Leicester and maternity services in Leicester and Melton Mowbray.    People will also be able to talk to representatives from NHS organisations about the progress being made to enhance other local services that help maintain both the physical and mental wellbeing of local people –  services including those provided at home, in a GP practice, in a local clinic and in community hospitals.

Andrew Furlong, Medical Director from University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust said: “Local people will know that we have been trying to solve the issues that come from having services spread across three acute hospitals in Leicester for a number of years now.  If we had a blank sheet of paper we wouldn’t design services in this way.

“We now have the opportunity to attract multi-million pound investment to dramatically improve the quality of our hospital facilities and at the same time tackle these longstanding issues.”

We want to tell people about our plans and answer any questions they may have about how care might be provided in the future.”

The open engagement events will be held between 5pm and 7.45pm on:

  • 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, The Three Swans Hotel, 21 High Street, Market Harborough, LE16 7NJ
  • Monday 19 November, Rutland County Council, Catmose Street, Oakham, LE15 6HP

People can drop in for the whole event or just come along for either an the informal chat about NHS plans for improvements between 5pm and 6pm or attend the formal presentations and question and answer session commencing at 6.00pm.

Professor Azhar Farooqi, local GP and Chair of Leicester City Clinical Commissioning Group  said: “There is a lot happening in the NHS right now and healthcare will affect us all in our life at one time or another.  With more pressures and a growing demand for services we have to do things differently.  As a working doctor, I know that doing nothing is not an option.  But with change comes uncertainty.  Therefore it is more important than ever before that we make change with patients, family carers and staff, so that together we make our local health and system the best in can be.

“These events are one of a number of ways that people can get involved with the NHS and the services it offers, both hearing about proposals to improve services in acute hospitals and in the community, and getting involved in the changes.”

People can register now to attend an event by visiting http://www.bettercareleicester.nhs.uk/getinvolved/ or emailing BCTComms@westleicestershireccg.nhs.uk or calling 0116 295 4104.

Other engagement – Improving healthcare services in the community and at home

In addition to these events people in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland are being asked to share their views on healthcare patients receive at home and in local communities as we look to improve community health services.

A range of services are included as part of the redesign work:

  • District nursing services – which provide home-based patients with ongoing nursing care for long-term conditions or end-of-life care, with treatments such as wound care and continence care
  • Intensive Community Support (ICS) – a ‘virtual ward’ providing healthcare services in a patient’s own home
  • Community hospital beds (including stroke beds)
  • Community physiotherapy services (not including MSK physiotherapy)
  • Community stroke rehabilitation service
  • Primary care co-ordinators – who work in hospitals to support staff to help get patients home as quickly as possible once they are ready to leave hospital

By listening to the views and experiences of local patients, clinicians and health and social care staff, we will develop proposals for a new model to support delivery of these community services.

It is anticipated the redesign will also start to give a clearer picture of how we need to use our community hospitals in the future and detailed consideration of this aspect of community services will follow the initial redesign work, including public consultation if significant changes are proposed.

For further information on how to get involved: http://www.bettercareleicester.nhs.uk/getinvolved/help-improve-community-health-services/

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