The public is being given the chance to air its views on hospital services.
United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust would like members of the public to take part in one of its locality forum meetings this month, including one in Grantham.
Locality forums give the public the opportunity to hear about what is going on in the Trust and its plans for the future, but they also give people the opportunity to ask questions and give feedback.
The Trust says it wants its members and the public to share ideas on improving emergency care, women and children’s services and outpatient services.
The Trust is working with all of the other health and social care organisations in Lincolnshire to think through the future of services and whilst no decisions have been made on how services will change, it wants the public to help shape the future.
Anybody who would like to go along to one of the forums or has any questions can contact the Membership Office at FoundationTrustOffice@ulh.nhs.uk or telephone (01522) 572301.
The Grantham meeting will take place on Monday, December 15, from 10am to 12pm. There are also meetings at Lincoln, Louth and Boston.
Everyone who attends will be asked to become a member of the Trust. The trust says being a member can mean as much or as little commitment as the member wishes. For some, it will just involve being kept up to date on the latest news within the Trust, for others it can be more active involvement through activities such as focus groups or ward visits.
Members of the public are also being given the opportunity to take part in listening clinics at Lincolnshire’s hospitals.
As part of a programme of continuous improvement, the Trust has implemented a series of clinics with non-executive directors to listen to patients, carers or family members about what is working well within the Trust and what could be working better.
People interested in attending a listening session will be able to book a 30 minute slot to share any comments, questions or concerns about their care or treatment.
Non-executive directors are members of the Trust’s Board who are not employees of the Trust and are not part of the executive management team.
They are responsible for constructively challenging and contributing to the development of strategy and scrutinising the performance of management in meeting agreed goals and objectives.
Anyone interested in booking onto a session can do so through the PALS team who are located near the main entrance at each hospital.
Contact the Lincoln PALS team on 01522 707071 to book an appointment. Future listening clinics will be advertised on the ULHT website (www.ulh.nhs.uk).