Have your say on NHS Foundation plans in Mablethorpe

LOCAL people are being given the chance to have their say on the area’s health services at a consulation in Mablethorpe this week.

Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust (LCHS) is inviting views on its future plans to become an NHS Foundation Trust from next April.

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 your views in a number of ways.

Go along in person to the consultation event, complete the feedback form within the consultation document and return in freepost envelope, visit the website at www.lincolnshirecommunityhealthservices.nhs.uk or arrange a meeting with your community group or organisation.

Mablethorpe’s consulation event is on Monday, March 26 from 7.30pm until 9.30pm at the Community Rooms, Stanley Avenue.