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Have your say over hospital services in Bradford
Patients and the public are being invited to have their say over hospital services at a special open event on Wednesday.
Bradford Teaching Hospitals hopes its ‘Experience Matters’ event at Bradford Royal Infirmary will bring in vital feedback to help it improve the patient experience.
As well as interactive displays and focus groups there will be opportunities for people to find out more about major initiatives going on across all six of the city’s hospitals.
Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust chairman David Richardson said: “We have lots of patient involvement already but we are keen to garner even more participation in the on-going work that we do, ever- changing and never resting on our laurels.
“We’ve lots to show and tell people about – from volunteering to hospital food – it’s the one week in the year where we throw open our doors and give the public the chance to discover what goes on day in, day out, at all of our hospitals.”
Teams who work in maternity services, the neonatal unit, cancer services, end-of-life care, the bowel screening programme and providing help to patients at home via ‘virtual wards’ will be among those who will be on hand to offer an insight.
There will also be the opportunity to view the plans for the new dementia-friendly makeover due to begin later this year at the Horton Wing of St Luke’s Hospital.
The Trust has been awarded £513,000 by the NHS to rejuvenate outpatient areas to be a more healing environment for patients with dementia.
Focus groups will also be taking place to launch a mini-consultation on a new patient and public engagement strategy, followed up with other focus groups, workshops and events at the hospital and various community venues in the coming weeks.
The Experience Matters event runs from 2.30pm to 5pm on Wednesday but people can also go to the Foundation Trust’s annual members’ meeting beforehand, at 1pm, in the Sovereign Lecture Theatre.
To find more information about joining the public and patient engagement focus groups, contact Isla Dowds, patient and public engagement facilitator, on (01274) 383863.
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