The future of acute hospital services in West Hertfordshire – have your say

Date: 15 August 2016

Your Care Your Future

Local NHS organisations and Hertfordshire County Council are urging the community to have their say on how hospital services in West Hertfordshire should be provided in the future. The survey on future hospital care is part of the Your Care, Your Future review of wider health and care services, which has already led to improvements in a number of local services.

The survey invites local residents who access health services in West Hertfordshire – including St Albans and Harpenden, Watford and Three Rivers, Hertsmere and Dacorum – to comment on their priorities and preferences for future hospital services.

Voluntary organisations, local NHS and social care staff and community groups are also being urged to complete the survey which runs until Wednesday 21 September. Responses will be analysed and will form part of the findings that will be presented to a special meeting early in the autumn to consider the preferred option. Other work being done now with doctors and other NHS experts sitting on special panels to evaluate options will also be helping us make the decisions about which option to take forward. Local patient representatives are involved in those panels and also in a range of other broader sessions being held in the coming weeks.

Dr Nicolas Small, Chair, Your Care, Your Future Programme Executive, said:
“Local health services have already benefited from your views – recent changes to cardiology and respiratory services are seeing more care provided closer to where people live, avoiding the need for people to travel further to hospital and avoid a hospital stay. Now we want your views on the future of local hospital services.

"Whether you’re a patient, carer or clinician in West Hertfordshire, we urge you to complete this important online survey. Your views will help us shape future services. For more information, please visit the Your Care, Your Future website.

This online survey – which can be accessed here – is the latest in an ongoing programme of engagement with local stakeholders as part of Your Care, Your Future. The programme has been looking at how to improve health services in West Hertfordshire and three key themes have been identified from engagement with patients, public and clinicians:

  • We need to focus more on preventing ill health, such as supporting people to take more exercise, drink less alcohol and give up smoking. We also need to support people who are unwell to look after themselves to prevent illnesses from becoming more serious.
  • We should simplify things for patients who use services from several organisations, such as different NHS Trusts, and ensure care is coordinated and joined up
  • People should be able to get much more care at home or closer to where they live, such as tests and specialist advice in GP surgeries and other community facilities.
  • Summary:

    Local NHS organisations and Hertfordshire County Council are urging the community to have their say on how hospital services in West Hertfordshire should be provided in the future.