The Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust (RUH) will be holding its Annual General Meeting (AGM) next week, on Wednesday 30th September.
The AGM – which incorporates the Trust’s Annual Members’ Meeting – provides the hospital with an opportunity to outline future plans and share with their successes and challenges.
It’s also a good opportunity for the public to tell them what you think of the care they deliver and how they can further improve the patient, carer or visitor experience.
Public feedback helps to shape their clinical priorities for the year and set strategic goals.
Last year was a significant year for the RUH: in June 2014 they took over provision of maternity services in Bath, Somerset and Wiltshire (establishing a brand new Women and Children’s Division at the Trust); in November 2014 they were granted a license to operate as an NHS Foundation Trust; and, in February 2015, the city’s renowned Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases (RNHRD) became part of the RUH family.
Plans for the coming year are just as ambitious, and the trust would welcome the input and ideas of patients and local residents.
The construction of a brand new pharmacy is already underway and plans for state-of-the-art centres for cancer care and therapies are currently in development.
There are also plans for additional parking onsite as well as improvements to the existing car parks, and there is the ongoing programme of work to fully deliver on the benefits to patients and other stakeholders which was promised following acquisition of the RNHRD.
Those who attend will also have the chance to enjoy a taster of one of the Membership’s ‘Caring for You’ (CFY) events.
The CFY programme takes a behind-the-scenes look at specific conditions or areas of work at the RUH.
At this year’s AGM, the CFY taster is entitled ‘Caring for children in their time of need’ and will feature a presentation from the RNHRD’s Esther Crawley on chronic fatigue syndrome in children and a talk by the RUH’s Fiona Kelly on the creative work being done at the Trust on how to prepare children for surgery.
The AGM will take place at the Assembly Rooms on Bennett Street in Bath’s city centre from 5.45pm until 7.30pm.
Doors will open and refreshments will be available from 5pm.
The meeting is open to all members of the public, though places must be booked in advance. To book your place, call the Membership Office on 01225 826288.