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Local NHS issues call-out for new Hospital Trust members

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Become a Trust member to give your views on new hospital for Lancashire and South Cumbria.

The NHS in Lancashire and South Cumbria is inviting local people to become a member of their NHS Foundation Trust and give their views on what they would like to see in new hospital facilities in the region.

The call is part of the Lancashire and South Cumbria New Hospitals Programme – a once-in-a-generation opportunity to build brand new hospital facilities in the area. Becoming a Foundation Trust member will give local people an early opportunity, ahead of public consultation, to share their hopes, fears and wishes for our region’s hospitals.

Rebecca Malin, Programme Director, says: “To create the best, most informed possible set of proposals for hospital facilities in our region, we want to create as many ways as possible for local people to share their hopes, dreams and concerns. Becoming an NHS Foundation Trust member is a great way to get involved, as well as to input into local NHS services more broadly.

"Trust membership is open to everyone and we would particularly like to encourage younger people, and those from protected characteristic groups and ethnic minorities to apply. This will ensure that our Trust memberships truly reflect the diversity of our local communities and as many people as possible have their say."

Becoming an NHS Foundation Trust member is a great way for people that live within the area local to each Trust to stay informed, share views on how to improve local NHS services, and take part in surveys, debates and conversations. Membership is free and open to local residents, staff, patients and people who have recently used hospital or mental health Trust services. Trust members can be involved as much or as little as they like, with no minimum commitment.

The Lancashire and South Cumbria New Hospitals Programme involves NHS organisations across the region, including four Foundation Trusts, which people who live in the area of the Trust can join by visiting the following websites:

Becoming an NHS Foundation Trust member offers a whole range of benefits to anyone wishing to get involved in influencing their local health services. These include:

  • A direct link into local Trusts 
  • Receiving newsletters and up-to-date information about local hospitals and services
  • The opportunity to give views and opinions about local hospitals, including future developments
  • The opportunity to stand for election to become a Trust Governor, or to vote for your representative on the Council of Governors
  • Invitations to special events and meetings

The Lancashire and South Cumbria New Hospitals Programme is part of the Government’s commitment to build 40 new hospitals across England by 2030.

To find out more, including other ways to share your views about new hospital facilities, please visit the Get involved section of our website.

Read more about the shortlist of proposals for new hospital facilities in our region.

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