Have your say on the NHS, say health chiefs


South Normanton residents have been invited to drop-in to chat with health chiefs about suggestions for the NHS.

The invitation is open to all, with refreshments followed by a short talk on local NHS services and an opportunity for people to ask questions.

The lunch and combined question and answer session is designed to be an informal way of encouraging people to share queries or suggestions about NHS care with members of the team running Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Foundation Trust.

All the trust’s executive and non-executive members will be on hand to chat to people, gather feedback about services and hear people’s views, in an informal way.

The event will start from 12.30pm on February 23, at the Post Mill Centre on Market Close. At 1.30pm, the trust board will begin its monthly board meeting.

Prem Singh, chairman of Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Foundation Trust, said: “With so much focus on the NHS in the news at the moment we hope people will come to ask us questions and share their views about local services.

“Feedback from service users and families is invaluable in helping us plan ahead for services in the future.”

Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Foundation Trust is one of the largest providers of specialist community health services in the country. It runs services at 11 community hospitals, a specialist learning disability service and 30 health centres across Derbyshire, and increasingly cares for people in their own homes.

The trust’s staff carry out nearly 1.5 million patient contacts each year. Details of services provided can be viewed at www.dchs.nhs.uk/home/our-services.

Questions are invited for discussion during the formal business of the trust board but need to be submitted in advance. Contact Kirsteen Farrar, associate director of corporate governance/trust secretary, on kirsteen.farrar@nhs.net or call 01773 525065.