ENGLAND’S Chief Inspector of Hospitals is inviting members of the public to tell his inspection panel what they think of their local health services.
The invitation is extended to the people of Redditch, Bromsgrove, Studley, Alcester and all the surrounding villages as their views and experiences will help inspectors decide what to look at when they inspect the trust.
That information will be used to guide future inspections.
The local health trust is being inspected in July by the Care Quality Commission.
The formal inspection of Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust starts on July 14 and follows a surprise inspection of the A&E departments at the Alex and Worcestershire Royal which raised a number of serious concerns.
The Chief Inspector, Professor Sir Mike Richards will lead significantly larger inspection teams than before, headed up by clinical and other experts including trained members of the public.
To put your views to the team they will be at Redditch town hall on Tuesday, July 7 from 6pm.
People are being encouraged to attend the listening events to tell the team about their experiences of care from the past year and to say where they would like to see improvements made in the future as well as find out more about the inspection.
Sir Mike said: “The new inspections are designed to provide people with a clear picture of the quality of the services in their local hospital, exposing poor or mediocre care as well as highlighting the many hospitals providing good and excellent care.
“We know there is too much variation in quality – these new in-depth inspections will allow us to get a much more detailed picture of care in hospitals than ever before.”