Members of the trust board from Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Foundation Trust, which runs Babington Hospital and many other local community health services in Amber Valley, will be on hand to respond to questions.

The question and answer session is being run for half an hour from 9am until 9.30am, timed to take place just before the start of the NHS trust’s December board meeting. Members of the public will get the opportunity to hear the latest on the review of Belper’s health services known as ‘Joined Up Care in Belper’, led by NHS Southern Derbyshire CCG. This open floor question and answer session is part of efforts to make local health services more accountable to the public.

Kirsteen Farrar, trust secretary, said: “We value this opportunity to listen to the views of our patients and users and to hear from people about how we can improve.”

After the informal question and answer session, the monthly trust board meeting will start at 9.30am and is usually concluded by 12.30pm. Members of the public are welcome to stay as observers or to leave as soon as the question and answer session is over at 9.30am.

Papers for the official business of the trust board’s December meeting will be available at:http://www.dchs.nhs.uk/home/about/the_board/board-meeting-agenda-and-papers.

Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Foundation Trust runs services at 11 community hospitals and 30 health centres across Derbyshire, with nearly 1.5 million patient contacts each year.

Kirsteen added: “As a foundation trust we want to find new ways to engage with the local communities we serve. By moving our meetings around to different parts of the county we hope it will give more people the chance to come along and hear first-hand what we are doing to develop their community health services.”

Members of the public who would like more information about the question and answer session or the trust board’s December meeting can contact Kirsteen via email: kirsteen.farrar@nhs.net  or ring her on 01773 525099 ext 5507.

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