The NHS in Worcestershire is looking at ways to provide high quality, safe and affordable hospital services into the future. We want to understand how we might be able to provide the right care in the right place at the right time.
The main focus of this review is our acute hospital services, from the Alexandra, Kidderminster and Worcestershire Royal Hospitals, and specific acute services that are provided at some of the community hospitals. We are also looking at the wider health and care system, particularly the links between acute hospitals, community services and GP surgeries.
Our clinicians have been looking at all the available evidence and have developed some new and different ideas about providing healthcare services that are affordable, high quality and will meet both the current and future needs of our local population. They have then looked at how some of our current acute services might be organised with these new approaches.
Clinical Working Groups, made up of GPs, consultants, nurses, therapists and health and social care staff, have been working together to look at hospital services in four areas:
It is important that we hear from as many people as possible living in the areas covered by our services. As we go through this review we will be asking for your views and opinions to help us design services that will best meet the county's needs.
To make sure that we involve and communicate with our customers effectively, we have set up a Stakeholder Reference Board, an independent body of representatives from the private, public, voluntary and community sector, to scrutinise our process as we go along. Find out more about the work of the Stakeholder Reference Board.
Find out how you can get involved and have your say on our Get Involved pages.
Listen to key clinicians talk about the progress of the Joint Services Review in this video: