Louth and Mablethorpe health consultation

LINCOLNSHIRE Community Health Services NHS Trust (LCHS) is launching a consultation exercise.

The government has recently set out its vision for NHS organisations. By 2014 all NHS Trusts like LCHS will either become Foundation Trusts, or become part of existing Foundation Trusts such as those providing hospital or mental health services.

LCHS is inviting views on its future plans as it works to become an NHS Foundation Trust from April 2013.

The organisation which provides community healthcare services across the county, supporting people to stay out of hospital and working to keep people healthy, is undertaking the four month consultation from Monday January 16 to Thursday April 16.

A series of events have been organised around the county to give people a chance to find out more about the proposals which are part of LCHS’s move to become a Community Foundation Trust, and have their say.

One will be held in Louth on Friday January 27 between 1.30pm and 3pm at the Conoco Philips Rooms, Louth Library, LN11 0LY

There will also be on at the Mablethorpe Town Meeting on Monday March 26 between 7.30pm and 9.30pm at the Community Rooms, Stanley Avenue, Mablethorpe.

Foundation Trusts recruit members and governors to influence and scrutinise the organisation’s performance.

Dr Don White, Chairman for LCHS said: “We welcome anyone to join us at one of the ten events taking place in Lincolnshire. It’s an opportunity to find out more about the services we provide and how to get involved in shaping them for the future.

“Becoming a Foundation Trust will enable us to be more flexible and responsive to local people’s needs. We want our patients, carers, staff and the general public to respond to our plans for the future.

“The proposals set out a number of priorities to improve our services, the recruitment of members and governance arrangements – this is what we want your views on.

“Our patients won’t notice any obvious change in our services. Teams of nurses and therapists will continue to care for people at home and in the community. People living with cancer, respiratory problems, heart conditions, diabetes, leg ulcers or the effects of a stroke will still be cared for by our staff. Families will continue to receive support from health visitors, school nurses, sexual health teams, smoking cessation and weight management advisors.”

People can share their views in a number of ways. They can go to a consultation event, complete the feedback form within the consultation document and return in freepost envelope, respond online at www.lincolnshirecommunityhealthservices.nhs.uk or arrange a meeting with your community group or organisation.

Anyone with special requirements such as interpretation or a BSL signer are asked to inform us before hand by contacting the Patient Advice and Liaison Service on 0845 602 4384. Consultation documents are available on request from this number too.