The second in a series of events on the future of community hospitals in Staffordshire takes place this evening.
Events are being held across North Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent, organised by the area’s two NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs).
They provide an opportunity for people to have their say and explain exactly what their local health needs are, which will help develop the options that will be the subject of a formal consultation next year.
The first event took place in Leek on October 16, with one at Port Vale football club focusing on Haywood Hospital this evening (9 November).
Dr Lorna Clarson, Clinical Director for Partnerships and Engagement for the CCGs, said: “We were encouraged by the attendance of over 110 local residents at the first event in Leek. This provided rich feedback and lots of information to analyse. We hope the November events will be similarly well attended.
“They have been arranged to find out what health services people feel they will need to help them live full and healthy lives in the years to come. Views will help us develop the options that we will be consulting on next year.
“We need to develop a range of options which will allow us to provide the right services, in the right places, relevant to current and future needs of local patients, and we need help from local people to design them.”
Each event corresponds to the area served by one of the five local community hospitals. They are at:
Thursday 9 November 2017, Port Vale Football Club Hamil Road, Burslem, ST6 1AW
Longton Cottage Hospital
Tuesday 14 November 2017, Bet 365 Stadium Stanley Matthews Way, Stoke-on-Trent, ST4 4EG
Thursday 23 November 2017, Bradwell Community Education Centre Riceyman Rd, Newcastle-Under-Lyme, ST5 8LF
Wednesday 29 November 2017, The Manor Hotel Watt Place, Cheadle, ST10 1NZ
All events run from 6:30pm to 8:30pm, with doors open from 6pm.
Dr Clarson said: “These are not traditional public events. They are designed to be far more interactive and allow us to listen to and capture people’s views. They will give those who attend a real chance to influence the future of local NHS services.”
Places are limited due to the capacity of the venue and the need to make the necessary arrangements to ensure that the event runs smoothly and everyone gets a chance to be heard. People who are not registered may not be able to be accommodated.
To book your place at each of the events you can email or phone 0300 404 2999, extension 6852.