Residents across the Fylde coast are invited to share their experience of being discharged from hospital to help improve the service.

NHS Fylde and Wyre CCG, NHS Blackpool CCG and Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust are working in partnership to review and improve local patient discharge processes.  As part of this review, a number of focus groups will be held for patients to share their experiences, highlight any problems they may have encountered and how the service could be improved.

The focus groups will take place as follows:

  • Tuesday 20 January 2015, 10am to 12pm,
    Annes-on-Sea United Reform Church, St Georges Road, Lytham St Annes, FY8 2AE
  • Thursday 22 January 2015, 2pm to 4 pm,
    Solaris Centre, New South Promenade, Harrowside, Blackpool, FY4 1RW
  • Monday 26 January 2015, 2pm to 4pm,
    Wyre Civic Centre, Breck Road, Poulton-le-Fylde, FY6 7PU

Leading the focus groups is Fylde and Wyre CCG community engagement manager Amanda Bate. She said: “Understanding the experiences of patients being discharged from hospital is vital in helping us to find ways to make improvements.  Our focus groups are often lively and informative and we would like to invite patients and carers who have been discharged from hospital in the last 12 months to come along and share their views.”

Anybody wishing to attend is politely asked to confirm their attendance before Friday 16 January 2015 by emailing enquiries@fyldeandwyreccg.nhs.uk or calling 01253 956400.

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Notes to editors:

  • NHS Fylde and Wyre Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is the organisation responsible for planning and buying health services in the area to meet patients’ needs. This is known as ‘commissioning’.
  • Led by family doctors (GPs), the CCG currently serves a population of 152,000 people across approximately 320 sq km of coast and countryside. The majority live in the urban towns of Fleetwood, Thornton, Poulton-le-Fylde, Kirkham and Lytham St Annes, but a significant proportion live in rural villages.
  • The CCG receives a set amount of money from the government – around £200million in 2014/15 – and is committed to spending this wisely for the benefit of local people.
  • Giving you more choice is a priority of the modern NHS. More information is available through fyldeandwyreccg.nhs.uk/choice
  • The NHS Constitution sets out your rights as an NHS patient: nhs.uk/choiceintheNHS/Rightsandpledges/NHSConstitution/Pages/Overview.aspx
  • There are many ways to get involved in health service developments, including joining our Influence Membership Scheme or your practice’s patient participation group.
  • For more information about the CCG and how to get involved log onto fyldeandwyreccg.nhs.uk

For further information please contact the media team on 01772 214213.