Throughout August – October 2012 we spent time getting people’s views on two draft models of care. More than 1,000 people told us what they thought by taking part in one of the roadshows that took place in October across the South East Midlands, completing an on-line or printed questionnaire, writing to us or telling us what they thought at a public meeting.
The feedback they gave us is now helping shape the next steps of the programme as we continue to talk to clinicians, local people and NHS staff about future models of care for our area.
The majority of people told us they supported the vision for a healthcare system that provides as many services as possible locally and more serious emergency and specialist care at centres where this leads to better results.
Mums and mums-to-be also told us they thought a network of local, midwife-led maternity units supporting low-risk pregnancies and births, working with specialist maternity centres for higher risk/complex births was a good idea.
Whilst many people told us they supported the overall vision, they also said they had particular concerns about travel and transport, including the availability of public transport and the expectation that less mobile patients, family members and carers will require additional support if they had to travel further for some of their care and treatment.
Many also spoke about their concern that the creation of specialist centres could have a detrimental impact on other hospital sites as they appeared to be ‘downgraded’, and would no longer be able to meet local healthcare needs.
All the feedback we received has been presented to the clinical working groups, clinical senate, patient & public advisory group, clinical implementation group and the programme board and will be taken into account as we continue to develop the future models of care for our area.
You can read a more detailed report on the feedback we received here.