BLOG: We need to hear from you to ensure the best future for women’s and newborns’ services

over 1 year ago

Dr Fiona Lemmens

The NHS in Liverpool is looking at how services provided at Liverpool Women’s can be improved.

The reason for doing this is simple. We want to ensure women and newborns receive the very best care possible and midwives, nurses and doctors have told us that change is needed in order for this to happen.

We’ve set out the case for change here and I would encourage you to take a few minutes to read it. In summary.

- The needs of patients have changed since the hospital opened more than 20 years ago
- There are new ways of caring for patients and higher standards for how this care should be delivered
- The way that services are currently delivered is not affordable.

As we develop proposals for the future of services for women and newborns, we want to understand what is important to you.

I want to stress that, despite what you may have read elsewhere, no decisions have been taken. We need to hear from you first.

There’s an online survey which you can complete here. More than 1,000 people have already done so and you’ve got until 15 August to make sure your voice is heard.

Or you can attend one of the events we are holding in August, where you can hear from staff, ask questions and share your views:

- Thursday 4 August at PAL Multicultural Centre, 68a Mulgrave St, L8 2TF. Event runs 2pm – 4pm (book here)
- Wednesday 10 August at Oakmere Community College, Cherry Lane, L4 6UG. Event runs 3pm – 5pm (book here)

Once we’ve gathered everyone’s views, we will take some time to develop a number of options for the future.

These will then go to a full public consultation – which is another opportunity for you to share your views – either later this year or early next year.

If you want to keep up to date with progress, you can follow us on Facebook, Twitter or sign up to receive our updates here.

By Dr Fiona Lemmens, GP and Healthy Liverpool's Clinical Director for Hospital Services and Urgent Care.