It marks the start of a two months long thoughts gathering process across the borough, during which we’ll be asking what would help and reassure you?
Our Chair, Dr Nick Tupper, sets the scene in his weekly column in the Doncaster Star, published today. He explains how here in Doncaster we’ve linked up with seven nearby health areas to look at how we can work together and collectively provide some hospital services across a wider geographical area than currently exists. Those partner areas are Barnsley, Bassetlaw, Hardwick, North Derbyshire, Rotherham, Sheffield and Wakefield.
We’re not sure how any changes would take place yet, it’s very much in its infancy and we want to involve you in shaping any proposals. But we’re initially focussing on children’s surgery and anaesthetic services. These are services provided for children from birth to 19 years of age.
Dr Tupper shares his thoughts in his personal blog, which you can read here.
We’ve put together a short presentation which gives some background to the proposals here. It explains why we need to make changes by working together with consultants, doctors and healthcare workers across a wider geographical footprint than just Doncaster.
Over the next couple of months we’re organising some face-to-face meetings with interested groups in Doncaster to gather the thoughts of mums, dads and young people themselves and we’ll keep you up to speed with what’s happening through our website and social media accounts. In the meantime, please let us have your thoughts by completing this survey at https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/WTDonc
Your feedback will be used to help shape the options for a formal public consultation about children’s surgery and anaesthetic services which is due to start at the end of May 2016. We’ll be clear in the consultation how your voice has influenced the plans.