Fylde Coast residents are being given the chance to share their views on the NHS through a series of drop-in sessions throughout the year with the first chance this week.

The two Fylde Coast clinical commissioning groups the organisations that ‘buy’ and plan health services in Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre, are inviting residents to attend any one of 12 ‘Your Voice’ sessions to share any compliments, comments or complaints that they may have about local NHS services.

The sessions are an ideal opportunity to provide feedback on a recent experience of an NHS service or give views on the CCG’s plans and priorities with views shared with commissioners during their decision making and with quality teams to monitor any issues patients may have. They operate on a drop-in basis so there is no need to make an appointment.

The NHS has also joined forces with Lancashire County Council and Blackpool Council to hold the meetings in local libraries giving people easier access.

 If you have anything you’d like to say about health services in your area simply visit one of the below locations at the specified time:

·         Wednesday 23 January, 1pm-3pm, Layton Library Blackpool.

·         Tuesday 12 February, 10.30am-2pm, Fleetwood Library, Fleetwood.

·         Tuesday 12 March, 10am-12pm, Blackpool Central Library, Blackpool.

·         Tuesday 9 April, 1pm-3pm, St Annes Library – (To be confirmed, please check website before attending).

·         Tuesday 14 May, 1pm-3pm, Moor Park Library, Blackpool.

·         Tuesday 11 June, 10am-12pm, Thornton Library.

·         Wednesday 10 July, 10am-12pm, Anchorsholme Library, Blackpool.

·         Wednesday 14 August, 2pm-4pm, Kirkham Library

·         Tuesday 10 September, 10am-12pm, Garstang Library

·         Tuesday 10 October, 1pm-3pm, Palatine Library, Blackpool.

·         Tuesday 12 November, 10am-12pm, Knott End Library

·         Tuesday 10 December, 1pm-3pm, Central Library, Blackpool.

Dr Amanda Doyle OBE, a local GP and chief clinical officer for both NHS Blackpool and NHS Fylde and Wyre Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), said: “Good or bad, we really value the views of residents and want to make sure that everybody has an opportunity to share theirs with us. The Your Voice sessions are an ideal opportunity to talk face-to-face with a member of our engagement team. 

“All of the views and experiences gathered will help us to make sure that residents living in all neighbourhoods receive services of the highest standard, now and in the future.”

 If you are unable to attend one of these planned sessions but would like to share your views on local services you can do so via the CCG’s website at:www.fyldecoastccgs.nhs.uk/get-involved/.