Andy Williams, Chief Executive Officer for the three CCGs in Leicester, Leicestershire, and Rutland, has welcomed discussions and thanked Mary Guppy Community Rebuild Lutterworth Hospital Group for sharing their ideas to support the development of a plan for health services in Lutterworth, and in particular, Feilding Palmer Hospital. Discussions took place at a meeting on meeting between NHS leaders and Mary Guppy’s Group organised by local MP for South Leicestershire Alberto Costa.
At the meeting, Mary Guppy’s Group presented the group’s vision for hospital services in Lutterworth based on research into other similar community health projects and informed by the National Community Hospitals Association”.
The proposals were warmly received by NHS Leaders. Andy Williams said: “We are delighted that Mary Guppy and her Group are making a contribution to plans for services at Lutterworth Hospital and welcome their ideas. It was good to see that many of the ideas put forward are consistent with our aim of providing more care closer to home and with an important role for community hospitals particularly providing daycare and outpatient care. Reducing the time taken to travel to central Leicester for health care is also very important. We are very grateful for the time taken to work up the ideas and really value the interest and commitment of the Group to get involved and help shape local services. We need a local plan that meets the needs of the Lutterworth people which is why we value the work of the Group and the willingness of those in the community to share their ideas
“There are differences, not least over inpatient beds, but we welcome the opportunity for ongoing discussions about local NHS plans for Lutterworth including Lutterworth Hospital. I’d also like to thank Alberto Costa MP for arranging the meeting. “
On behalf of the Community Rebuild Lutterworth Hospital Group, Mary Guppy thanked Andy Williams for committing to further discussions about the role of Lutterworth Hospital and its benefits to patients in the future. We feel he understood that local people really value health services from Lutterworth Hospital. We hope to continue to work closely with health commissioners in the future and will engage with local people to seek their views on local services. In particular the experiences of patients who face challenges travelling to Leicester from Lutterworth is something we want to explore.
Alberto Costa MP said: ““I was very pleased to organise this meeting between local NHS Stakeholders and the Lutterworth Community Rebuild Group to discuss the future of Feilding Palmer Hospital. This was a very encouraging and productive discussion that has helped lay a good foundation for future planning at the hospital. Feilding Palmer is a hugely important local asset for the people of South Leicestershire, and I look forward to continue working closely with both the local NHS and the Community Rebuild Group to safeguard this local service for the benefit of my constituents in Lutterworth and across Leicestershire”.