Appeal for members

LEYTHERS have reacted positively to a proposal that the town’s community healthcare trust becomes a foundation trust.

A public consultation brought in lots of in-favour feedback, say health chiefs at the Bridgewater Community Healthcare NHS Trust.

The Trust believe such a move would give them more autonomy in deciding on the future development of services.

Formerly Ashton, Leigh and Wigan Community Healthcare, the Trust provides services such as dentists and community nursing to over 310,000 people in the borough.

The Trust also provides district nursing, wheelchair services, physiotherapy, podiatry and the Leigh walk centre and has made public the responses it received from during the consultation, which ran from February to the end of April 2012.

Chief Executive Dr Kate Fallon said: ““We were delighted by the public’s response to our consultation.

“We received over 500 written responses which gave us a great insight into peoples’ view on our services and our Trust. As a direct response to the feedback we have made some changes to our constitution and have addressed many of the issues and concerns raised.

“We have already recruited more than 5,000 public members representing communities across the whole of the Bridgewater footprint and have ambitions to recruit even more.”

The document which can be accessed at www.bridgewater.nhs.uk details how the organisation will be supported by members and governors should it secure FT status and what its priorities will be in the future.

During the consultation period the organisation addressed 12 public meetings across the boroughs of Wigan, Halton, St Helens, Trafford and Warrington.

If you are interested in becoming a member of Bridgewater Community Healthcare NHS Trust visit www.bridgewater.nhs.uk or E mail membership@bridgewater.nhs.uk or telephone 01942 482672.

If you require a printed version of the response to its public consultation please telephone 01942 482672.