A health trust has explained more about the work it does to its members.
North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust has thousands of members who help to shape services.
We want to be representative of the community we serve so we’re always looking for younger members to join us tooPaul Garvin
They were invited to an event, opened by non-executive director Rita Taylor, where they heard about care for the elderly, before speaking to trust consultants and therapy staff. Chairman Paul Garvin said: “We have thousands of members and we’re always looking for more to join.
“Attending member events, which we hold throughout the year, where you can hear some of our clinical staff talk about different health conditions and the services we provide in our hospitals and in the community, is just one of the ways that people can keep in touch and learn more about their local health services.”
Membership is free and gives people instant access to discounts at www.healthservicediscounts.com. They will also receive a membership card, entitling them to staff rates at the Café Wilbers outlets at the University Hospital of Hartlepool and the University Hospital of North Tees. Profits help to improve patient care.
Chairman Paul Garvin added: “We want to be representative of the community we serve so we’re always looking for younger members to join us too.”
To find out about the benefits of being a member, sign up at http://www.nth.nhs.uk/about/membership/