Residents of Lutterworth and the surrounding areas are invited to a public information meeting on the proposals for future healthcare in the area.
Local NHS organisations and Healthwatch Leicestershire are holding the meeting on Tuesday 24 January from 6pm to 8:30pm at the Wycliffe Rooms, George Street, Lutterworth, Leicestershire, LE17 4ED.
Attendees will hear a formal presentation from local NHS representatives about the proposals published in the draft Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP) in November 2016.
A structured discussion will follow, allowing participants to address key issues that could affect them, ahead of an invitation to share their views formally in a consultation later this year.
This engagement event will enable the voice of local people to be heard, whilst providing an opportunity to hear about and discuss undeveloped plans at an early stage. Feedback will be taken on board before a more detailed plan is published and a formal consultation will follow.
Carmel O’Brien, Chief Nurse and Quality Officer and Deputy Managing Director for East Leicestershire and Rutland Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “The draft STP recognises the population of Lutterworth is rapidly growing and there is a need for increased capacity in primary care, along with extended outpatient facilities.
“The proposals outline plans to close inpatient beds at Feilding Palmer Hospital to allow more people to be treated in their own homes, in the community (for rehabilitation care) and where necessary, in other local community hospitals.
“Feilding Palmer Hospital currently only has 10 inpatient beds in operation because of infection and prevention control guidelines, and the layout of the Victorian building poses difficulties to provide modern standards of healthcare.”
The proposals are subject to receiving capital from NHS England for the extension of St Luke’s Hospital at Market Harborough to accommodate the transfer of rehabilitation/sub-acute services from Feilding Palmer Hospital and the development of Lutterworth Health Centre to incorporate outpatient services, diagnostics and integrated community teams.
No decisions will be made until after a public consultation on the plans, which will take place later this year.
Rick Moore, Chair of Healthwatch Leicestershire, said: “We want to make sure patients can find out more about the proposals, have their say, be better informed, ask questions and get their views heard before options are developed for public consultation and decisions made.”
The information meeting on 24 January follows a previous event on 9 January. People who wish to attend should register in advance by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 0116 295 3405.