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18th Jul 2017
A public consultation has been launched on proposals for a single orthopaedics service for Liverpool’s hospitals.
Under proposals, orthopaedics specialists at Aintree University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and the Royal Liverpool & Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust would join together to become a single team, working across all three hospital sites.
This would involve separating most planned and unplanned orthopaedics care onto separate hospital sites, which would mean some operations taking place in a different place to where they do currently.
Under the proposed changes, most planned procedures such as hip and knee replacements, would take place at Broadgreen, whilst most unplanned procedures would take place at Aintree, which is already the Major Trauma Centre for Cheshire and Merseyside.
Local orthopaedic doctors believe that this would improve patient care, giving all patients better access to the right doctors for their specific need, and helping meet higher clinical standards.
The orthopaedics proposal is part of a wider Healthy Liverpool vision for transforming hospital services in the city, which could see other hospital services join together as a single, city-wide service in the future too – orthopaedics is the first to be put forward in a public consultation.
It also supports work already taking place between Aintree University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and the Royal Liverpool & Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust exploring how they might become a single organisation in the future.
In order to enable the proposal to take place, some ear, nose and throat (ENT) services would also need to be moved from Broadgreen to Aintree, and some urology and general surgery services would also need to move from Broadgreen to the Royal Liverpool site.
The public consultation will take place between 26 June and 15 September 2017. People can find out more and share their views online by visiting www.healthyliverpool.nhs.ukor calling (0151) 296 7537 to ask for printed materials.
The consultation is being led by NHS Liverpool Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), in partnership with CCGs in neighbouring Knowsley and Sefton, Aintree University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and the Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust.
During the consultation NHS Liverpool CCG will also be visiting a number of different groups and forums locally to talk about these proposals and gather people’s views.
You can find out more via Facebook at: facebook.com/healthylvpool and on Twitter at: twitter.com/healthylvpool
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