PRINCESS Alexandra Hospital has responded to criticisms made by a Harlow councillor.
As reported by YH, councillor Tony Durcan expressed concerns at the ability of the PAH to work with the Harlow community.
We put the criticisms to the hospital and this is their response.
“The Trust Board agree with his comments about the need to be open and responsive and recognise the need for a strong relationship with the community. This is being developed by the new Chairman and Chief Executive of the hospital, who meet regularly with community leaders including Chief Executives and Councillors from Harlow and Epping Forest District Councils, Councillors from Essex and Hertfordshire County Councils and the local MP.
They also welcome Cllr Durcan’s ideas for innovation and development, many of which have been discussed and are being worked through to determine their potential for implementation.
The Trust also has a strong Patient Panel, managed and run by members of the local community who continually engage with patients and the public and have run public events on end of life care, urgent care, infection control and more recently transfers of care between the hospital and the community.
Cllr Durcan has been invited to the hospital with his colleagues to discuss the development of greater community engagement and to show them the changes made to the physical environment to support the patients and staff.
“Trust Board meetings are held in public every two months. All members of the public are welcome to attend. The next meeting is in the Boardroom on Thursday 30 November 2017 at 10am”.
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