Residents of Barking and Dagenham are being urged to come and have their say about the services provided by Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust.
The call was made by England's new Chief Inspector of Hospitals, Professor Sir Mike Richards who wants local people to tell his inspection panel what they think of the services provided by Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust. This will help inspectors decide what to look at when they inspect Queen’s Hospital in Romford and King George Hospital in Ilford in October.
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.
"Of course we will be talking to doctors and nurses, hospital managers and patients in the hospital. But it is vital that we also hear the views of the people who have had care at either of the hospitals run by the trust, or anyone who wants to share information with us. This will help us plan our inspection, and so help us focus on the things that really matter to people who depend on this service.”
The listening event takes place on Tuesday 15 October at Redbridge Town Hall, Ilford from 6.30pm.
Cllr Maureen Worby, Cabinet Member for Health said: “This is a great opportunity for everyone to have their say on their experiences at Queens’s hospital, King George hospital, Barking hospital or even the Fanshawe Centre and to let the inspectors know what they would want to see improved.
“Our health is very important and should we ever need to visit the hospital, it will great to know that the services provided are of a good quality. I would urge as many local people as possible to attend this event and to share their experiences as well as talk about the changes they want to see.”
If you would like to attend the listening event, you can fill in an online form at www.cqclisteningevents.org.uk or telephone 03000 61 61 61 to book a place. Alternatively, you can turn up on the evening even if you have not registered.
If you are unable to attend the listening event but wish to give your views, you can do this by email to email@example.com.
A full report of the inspectors’ findings will be published by the Care Quality Commission later in the year.