Hospital services

Have your say on the future of Northamptonshire hospital services

Northamptonshire University Hospitals NHS Group – which runs the two acute care units – is gathering feedback on its group clinical strategy which will reshape the way it delivers services.

Simon Weldon, group chief executive along with Matt Metcalfe and Dr Rabia Imtiaz, medical directors of NGH and KGH, will host the events on Tuesday (April 5) and Wednesday (April 6).

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Next week’s online event will help shape the future strategy of Northamptonshire’s two main NHS hospitals.

The group says it must meet the challenges of population growth, high demand, NHS staff shortages and ensure services are safe, of high quality and available to residents no matter where they live .

He is also interested in hearing views on the strategy to date and what needs to be done to meet the needs and improve the public’s care experience.

Dr Imitiaz said: “Since we became a group last year, we have worked hard to develop a clinical strategy that will help us shape future hospital services.

“Working together, we have a great opportunity to realize benefits for our patients and staff and meet the challenges of increasing population and demand for services.”

Members of the public participating in the online sessions – which will be recorded – will be able to speak or type comments that could be used to further inform the group’s strategy.

Mr Metcalfe added: “A big challenge for acute general hospitals is having enough qualified staff to provide appropriate services to patients in sufficient volume to achieve high clinical standards.

“One of the ways we are looking to do this is to create Centers of Excellence for Cancer and Cardiac Care in Northamptonshire.

“It would allow us to do more specialist work – such as using our new £1.7million surgical robot – reducing the need for people to travel out of county for certain operations.

“An example is the £1.7m surgical robot we bought as a group to improve care for cancer patients.”

■ Instructions for joining events will be posted on KGH and NGH websites, Facebook pages and Twitter feeds. You can also send your comments by e-mail to [email protected]