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NHS partners share ambitions for greater levels of care

14th June 2019 | By Liz Mattock | Posted in

NHS partners have today launched a new video highlighting proposed changes at Leicester’s hospitals that will enable greater levels of care to be provided to patients.

The video is available on NHS websites and YouTube and tells people about the plans to improve acute and maternity services for patients in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.

In it staff, carers and patients talk about the proposals that will allow maternity, non-urgent planned services and diagnostic services to be better located in new state-of-the-art buildings.

Staff, carers and patients also talk about the opportunity we have locally to enhance services. They include Andrew Furlong, Medical Director at University Hospitals of Leicester, who describes how the way the hospitals in Leicester are currently configured reflects the legacy of history rather than design. He expresses his passion for the proposal to transform care and explains why it is the right thing to do as we seek to improve care for patients.

Samantha Leak, Director of Operation Improvement, and local GP Dr Nicola Mayes also describe the modern medical techniques and changes in medical practices which have resulted in patients no longer needing to have long stays in hospital for relatively routine procedures – meaning that we are able to think differently about the way we provide care.

As well as a single video the content can be viewed in short chapters that look at different aspects of the proposals and what they mean for Glenfield Hospital, Leicester Royal Infirmary and Leicester General Hospital. People can also hear about how we are responding to concerns from patients about issues like car parking and ease of access.

Evans Rees, Chairman of the Public and Patient Group also urges people to get involved in the discussions to transform their care.

John Adler, Chief Executive of University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust said: “I appreciate the involvement people across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland have had so far, particularly those who have contributed their time and expertise in designing the proposals. I hope this video builds on the engagement and describes clearly the improvements that their local NHS would like to make. I believe that telling our story this way will help us to reach more people, particularly those who are not yet aware of our plans to improve their local hospitals.”

“I believe that our ambition to transform our services will make a huge difference to patients and staff, allowing us to provide better services in the modern, purpose built facilities that local people deserve.”

An online booklet has also been published that explains the plans. The proposals are dependent on securing over £370 million in capital funding, and are all subject to formal consultation with people locally.

The video can be watched by visiting http://www.bettercareleicester.nhs.uk/the-bct-plan/acute-and-maternity-reconfiguration/ or visiting Better Care Together on YouTube

For more information please visit www.bettercareleicester.nhs.uk

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