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Ipswich Hospital: Have your say

Ipswich Hospital is hosting a series of conversations with Suffolk residents to find out exactly what matters to you when it comes to the health service.

There is a public meeting on Monday, 24 October, at the Ipswich Waterfront Building of University Campus Suffolk (Lecture Theatre 1) at 6.30pm.

This is a chance for all Ipswich residents to meet the hospital’s Medical Director Peter Donaldson who is a consultant urology surgeon and a member of the hospitals Trust Board. Mr Donaldson will be joined by a number of hospital Governors – who have been elected to represent you – including Ipswich residents Rani Pert and Chris Newbury.

At the 60 minute community conversation you will learn the latest news and have a chance to take part in a question and answer session.

If you cannot make this event in Ipswich, why not try one of these?…

– Monday, 17 October, Riverside Centre, Stratford St Andrew, 6pm

– Tuesday, 18 October, Felixstowe Town Hall, 6.30pm

– Thursday, 20 October, Hintlesham and Chattisham Community Hall, Hintlesham, 7pm

– Tuesday, 25 October, Stowhealth, Stowmarket, 6.30pm

There is no need to book, just go along. Any questions please contact 01473 704372.

Ipswich Hospital wants to follow in the footsteps of other successful hospitals by becoming an NHS foundation trust.

Sara Rooney, James Gardiner, Barbara Cook, Anna Gagliano, Brigitte Victoria

All Suffolk residents can play an important part by becoming a member (it is free).

There are already more than 6,000 local people signed up and you can join them today.

As a member, you will not only forge a link with the hospital to make sure your views are heard, but you also qualify for NHS Discounts. This means you can register with www.nhsdiscounts.com to make savings on shopping, cars and motoring, days out and more.

You will also be invited to the hospital’s special series of Health Talks. Details about the next one – a focus on Accident and Emergency – are on this page.

A foundation trust puts influence where it should be – back in the hands of the people it serves. Being a foundation trust would free the hospital from tight reins of central government control, allowing decisions about local services to be made locally.

A Council of Governors is in place to make sure members’ views are heard. The Ipswich public governors are:

Ron Llewellyn, a former chartered building surveyor and part of St Margaret’s Church.

Rani Pert, an optometrist who has lived and worked in Ipswich for the past 26 years.

Chris Newbury, a director of the East of England Co-op and Ipswich and Suffolk Credit Union.

Paul Winrow, a qualified public sector accountant and father of two.

Andrew Woods, a former NHS employee and patient who has lived in Ipswich all his life.

And Ipswich Borough Councillor Neil Macdonald, deputy leader of the council, is a partnership governor – representing both the council itself and you – the people who live in the authority area.

Foundation trusts are not about breaking away from the NHS. In fact, they are about building on the best. Of it Members can be involved as much or as little as they like, from simply receiving newsletters to becoming active in forums / fundraising and volunteering. Anyone who is over 16 years old and lives in Suffolk, Colchester or Tendring is invited to become a member.

If you would like to become a member, contact the hospital team on 01473 704769.

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