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Right Arrow Hospital chief executive hosts ‘have your say’ meetings
02 May 2012 at 14:25
Patients and the public in Skelmersdale and Southport have the chance to find out more about plans for Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust to become a foundation trust.

Foundation trusts were created to give local people more say over local health care. The Southport and Ormskirk trust wants to become a foundation trust by April next year.

The public meetings are part of a series hosted by Jonathan Parry, the Trust’s chief executive, having previously been held in Formby, Ormskirk and Tarleton.

Mr Parry said: “Foundation trusts have been around since 2004 and now the Government says all NHS trusts must become one.

“It is important we have local people’s support for our plans and this is one of a number of public meetings I am hosting where people can learn more and have their say.”

The meetings will be held on:

Tuesday 15th May at West Lancashire College, Skelmersdale Campus, College Way, Skelmersdale WN8 6DX , starting at 1pm

Thursday 17th May at the Family Life Centre, Ash Street, Southport, PR8 6JH, starting at 2.30pm

Please call 01704 704714 if you have any special requirements the Trust can help with in advance of the meeting. Refreshments will be provided.

People can also make their views known by visiting the Trust website at Alternatively:

• Request a copy of the consultation document from The Foundation Trust Team at Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust, Southport and Formby District General Hospital, Town Lane, Southport, Merseyside, PR8 6PN
• Telephone the team on 01704 704714
• Email them at

Consultation responses can be completed online but the Trust will pay the postage for people returning the responses by post.

Foundation trusts are run as membership organisations and foundation trust members perform several important functions including:

• Influencing how health services the Trust is responsible for are run through greater involvement and ownership
• Contributing to developing new services or improving existing ones
• Becoming a Trust governor and working closely with the Board of Directors to deliver the very best in health care for local people

Issued by Tony Ellis, marketing and communications manager
Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust

Telephone 01704 704494

Notes for editors

1. Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust manages Southport and Formby District General Hospital and Ormskirk and District General Hospital. It is also responsible for many community healthcare services for adults in Southport, Formby and West Lancashire. The Trust provides healthcare to a population of 258,000 people and employs 3,500 staff.