Public invited to new NHS drop-in sessions
Members of the public in Berwick are being invited to call in at a new regular NHS drop-in session which will begin at Berwick Library next month.
Linda Pepper, who lives in Berwick and has been a public governor of Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust since 2011, has vast experience of working with the NHS to represent the views of patients and the public.
From Wednesday 4 September, Linda will start her new NHS drop-in session from 10am until noon at Berwick Library and is encouraging local people to come along and ask any questions about services at Berwick Infirmary and the care which is delivered out in the community by Northumbria Healthcare.
People will be able to hear about the Trust’s plans for a new hospital in Berwick and learn more about the new Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital – the first hospital of its kind in England – which is set to open in Northumberland in 2015.
At the monthly drop-in sessions, which take place on the first Wednesday of the month, people will also be encouraged to give informal feedback about their recent experiences of care and any ideas for future local services which Linda will feedback through her formal role as governor with Northumbria Healthcare.
Linda said: “People often have lots of questions about their local NHS and as public governor for the Berwick area I am able to share information about the many services that we already have locally and also make sure people understand the future plans for Berwick. As a public governor I can also formally feedback to the Trust and ensure that they hear first-hand the views on the ground in Berwick.”
Annaluisa Wood, modern matron at Berwick Infirmary said: “We really welcome Linda’s commitment in running these new drop-in sessions and hope that many people will pop in to ask about the latest developments and new services in Berwick.
“As a Trust we’re committed to looking at where we can enhance the services we can safely provide locally and we are always keen to hear what people think about their recent experiences of care with us.”
The new drop-in sessions will run on the first Wednesday of every month between 10am to noon at Berwick Library. All feedback from residents will be relayed to the Trust.
Members of the public will also be able to become a member of Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust to receive more information regarding future engagement opportunities and local events hosted.