A public consultation is taking place between 26 June and 15 September 2017 on proposals for a single orthopaedics service for Liverpool’s hospitals.
Orthopaedics focuses on injuries or diseases affecting bones, joints, ligaments, tendons, muscles or nerves.
Under proposals, orthopaedics specialists at Aintree University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and the Royal Liverpool & Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust would join together to become a single team, working across all three hospital sites.
This would involve separating most planned and unplanned orthopaedics care onto separate hospital sites, which would mean some operations taking place in a different place to where they do currently.
Dr Fiona Lemmens, Clinical Director for the Healthy Liverpool hospitals programme, said:
“Making sure that people have access to the very best hospital services – wherever they are treated in the city – is central to the Healthy Liverpool programme.
“We’ve been working with the local orthopaedics doctors from both Aintree and the Royal Liverpool to look at how hospital services could be improved, which has led to this proposal for making some changes to how we deliver hospital-based orthopaedics care “
“We believe that bringing the city’s orthopaedics expertise together into a single team would improve patient care, by giving all patients better access to the right doctors for their specific need, and making it easier for Liverpool’s hospitals to attract skilled, specialist clinicians, share expertise and training, and meet the highest clinical standards.”
“However, it’s important to stress that no decisions have been made at this stage, and we would encourage people to share their views on this proposal with us over the coming weeks.”
Visit the current exercises page to learn more about the public consultation and how you can give your views.