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Findings of Liverpool Orthopaedic & Ear, Nose and Throat Services Consultation

25/01/2018

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You may remember the local NHS is reviewing how Orthopaedic and Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) services provided by Aintree University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and the Royal Liverpool & Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust are provided. Between July and September 2017 they asked people for their views on the proposals and want to share with you the feedback we received

2,000 people responded to an online and print survey about the proposed changes, along with feedback from face to face conversations conducted with groups, such as community groups, BME communities and direct with patients attending the hospital Trusts. Of those who responded to the survey, the majority of respondents (60%) supported the proposal for Orthopaedics, predominantly if it meant that there would be a specialist service developed at a particular hospital. It was recognised that there would be better clinical outcomes if doctors are performing specialised procedures more frequently. However, 12% of respondents did not think the proposal was the best plan and the predominant reason cited for disagreement with the plans was the distance needing to be travelled for some people. Although fears about increased waiting times and a general preference for an existing hospital over another were also voiced.

The perspective of survey respondents on the ENT plans were generally positive, with 58% of respondents supportive of the proposal and only 9% thinking it was not the best plan. As with orthopaedics the main reasons for disagreement were also travel related.

You can view the full report of the public feedback HERE
You can also view a summary presentation of the key findings HERE

You can use the Browse Aloud facility on the website to view the document in other formats, or to request a paper copy and/or alternative formats you can call 0151 295 8607.

What happens next?

The feedback we received is now being used to inform the final proposal that will be put to the Boards at Aintree University Hospital Trust and the Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospital NHS Trusts in February 2018.

If the proposal is approved by both Trusts, there would then need to be further approval of the proposals by NHS Liverpool CCG, NHS south Sefton CCG and NHS Knowsley CCG. If approval was reached at this stage, the Joint Overview and Scrutiny Committee would conduct their final scrutiny of the proposals. It is anticipated a final decision will be known around May 2018.

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