Shaping Care Together – Help to Shape the Future of your Local Health Service

Health leaders in Southport Formby and West Lancashire are inviting people to share their views and experiences of local healthcare by getting involved with Shaping Care Together, a programme of work designed to improve hospital services.

Like NHS services across the country, our local hospitals face significant challenges. Some have been with us for years while the urgency of others has been made clear during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Shaping Care Together will explore how health and care services are accessible, effective and operated by skilled staff to meet everyone’s needs. Care should be integrated with other services so that patients are supported by the services they need as quickly and safely as possible.

Views are being sought on what currently works well at Southport and Ormskirk hospitals as well as in primary and community healthcare services and in particular, what steps should be taken to improve the following:

Despite the challenges our hospitals face, local access to care has been improved by providing services in the community during the evenings and at weekends.

·        frail and elderly care

·        when you have an urgent or emergency care need

·        services for children including those who have complex needs

·        services for women who are pregnant and for the new-born

·        gynaecology – dealing with women’s reproductive system

·        sexual health services for all genders

·    planned care, such as follow-up outpatient and/or subsequent admissions
as part of ongoing treatment.

Shaping Care Together is the first stage of a process to understand patient views and experiences before any proposals to solve the challenges faced are considered.  This programme will last throughout 2021 and there will be many opportunities for local people to have their say. No decisions have yet been made and they are seeking views which will inform their thinking and proposals for change.

Over the coming months there will be lots of different ways for people to get involved but first views can be shared on the dedicated website:

·        Fill in the survey here

·        Find more information here

(If you would prefer a paper copy of the questionnaire, please call 0151 920 0726)

Shaping Care Together is led by NHS Southport and Formby CCG, and Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust and NHS West Lancashire CCG.