People encouraged to get involved in improving healthcare in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland

People in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland (LLR) are invited to attend one of eight open events to discuss proposals to improve outdated hospitals in Leicester, bringing them up to date and suitable for providing care in the 21st century.

NHS partners will share plans for the acute hospitals in Leicester and maternity services in Leicester and Melton Mowbray. People will also be able to talk to representatives from NHS organisations about the progress being made to enhance other local services that help maintain both the physical and mental wellbeing of local people – services including those provided at home, in a GP practice, in a local clinic and in community hospitals.

Andrew Furlong, Medical Director from University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust said: “Local people will know that we have been trying to solve the issues that come from having services spread across three acute hospitals in Leicester for a number of years now. If we had a blank sheet of paper we wouldn’t design services in this way.

“We now have the opportunity to attract multi-million pound investment to dramatically improve the quality of our hospital facilities and at the same time tackle these longstanding issues. We want to tell people about our plans and answer any questions they may have about how care might be provided in the future.”

The open engagement events will be held between 5pm and 7.45pm on:

  • Monday 29 October, Loughborough Town Hall, Market Place, Loughborough LE11 3EB
  • Tuesday 30 October, Peepul Centre, Orchardson Avenue, Leicester LE4 6DP
  • Thursday 1 November, Civic Centre, Burton Street, Melton Mowbray LE13 1GH
  • Wednesday 7 November, Lyric Rooms, Lower Church Street, Ashby-de-la-Zouch LE65 1AB
  • Wednesday 14 November, Eyres Monsell Club and Institute, Littlejohn Road, Leicester LE2 9BL
  • Thursday 15 November, The Three Swans Hotel, 21 High Street, Market Harborough LE16 7NJ
  • Monday 19 November, Rutland County Council, Catmose Street, Oakham LE15 6HP
  • Monday 26 November, Sketchley Grange Hotel, Sketchley Ln, Burbage, Hinckley LE10 3HU

People can drop in for the whole event or just come along for either an the informal chat about NHS plans for improvements between 5pm and 6pm or attend the formal presentations and question and answer session commencing at 6pm.

Dr Andy Ker, Clinical Vice-Chair at NHS East Leicestershire and Rutland Clinical Commissioning Group said: “The local NHS wants to improve local health services. With more pressures and a growing demand for services we know we have to do things differently.

“This means looking at big changes like reconfiguring our acute hospitals and maternity services. We are also exploring ways we can improve community services which will enable us to better understand the role of community hospitals in future.

“I encourage people to come along to one of the events to hear about our proposals and share their views.”

There will also be opportunities for people to discuss the plans for intensive care services.

People can register to attend an event by visiting bettercareleicester.nhs.uk/getinvolved/, emailing BCTComms@westleicestershireccg.nhs.uk or calling 0116 295 4104.