Patients asked to share experience

The closure of Manx ward at Fleetwood Hospital has led to jobs fears.
The closure of Manx ward at Fleetwood Hospital has led to jobs fears.

Patients of health services in Fylde and Wyre are being urged to contact Lancashire Healthwatch to share their experience.

Working alongside Blackpool Healthwatch, the Lancashire body was set up last year and now has a board in place to help pass on feedback received to the relevant services.

Members, who are volunteers, also attend health organisations around the region and report on how the services are coping.

Chairman Gail Stanley OBE said: “I feel very strongly that we have to be an independent patients’ voice.

“Our job is to gather people’s views and experience of health and social care in the county – we are their voice and we have to know what they are thinking.

“We collate those views and present them to the relevant health services.

“If there’s a problem, and we can’t sort it out locally, we have a number of national organisations we can report to, including the Care Quality Commission and Public Health England.”

The organisation has spent the year setting up a board and creating as many ways as possible for people to get in touch with their views, including social media.

Dr Vas Vasudev has been appointed a board member at Healthwatch Lancashire, and said: “We really want to let people know we are here.”

Healthwatch Lancashire is keen to hear from would-be volunteers.

Write to Chorley House, Lancashire Business Park, Centurion Way, Leyland, PR26 6TT, or call 0300 303 8811.