Help shape our approach to reviewing hospital services

Monday 21st August 2017

Help shape our approach to reviewing hospital services

The NHS is one of Britain’s proudest achievements. Our staff deliver a superb service in treating record numbers of patients. Since its creation in 1948, it has constantly adapted and it must continue to do so as the world and our health needs change. As life expectancy increases so too do the ailments of old age, and there are now more people with chronic conditions like heart failure and arthritis. There are also big opportunities to improve care by making practical changes to how the NHS works. Improvements like making it easier to see a GP, speeding up access to appointments which will allow us to receive our diagnosis at the earliest possible time, and offering help faster to people with mental ill health problems.

We want to future-proof local hospital services and are committed to having a local hospital in every town and city. We are now starting a review of services which will identify which services would benefit from being providing in different ways. It is just one part of an overall approach. At the same time as the review, we are continuing our work on developing more and more ways of treating and caring for people in their homes and local clinics, so that they don’t need to go to hospital.

A series of principles to support the review have been proposed and we are very keen to hear your views to ensure we have covered those things which you feel are important. Are these principles a sound basis to work from? Is there anything we have missed?

Using these principles, early work is now taking place to develop an approach to selecting which services will be looked at by the review, which is why your opinion is important to us. We have already heard from many people across the region and as well as looking for additional public engagement in designing this approach, we would welcome your involvement.

If you would like to help shape the review, please answer these questions by Sunday 27 August 2017.

Services at the following hospital trusts are being considered as part of the review:

  • Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  • Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  • Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust
  • The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust
  • Sheffield Children's Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  • Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
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