Have your say in NHS Trust

Now is a very interesting time to be a trust governor for Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, which runs Worthing Hospital and St Richard's Hospital in Chichester.

Most trust governors are elected by public members of the trust, of whom there are more than 8,000. Anyone who lives in the hospitals’ catchment area can become a member. It’s free to join and you’ll be kept informed and invited to events – see www.westernsussexhospitals.nhs.uk/Members.

My fellow governors and I are involved with and contribute much to what goes on in our hospitals.

Sign up to our daily SussexWorld Today newsletter

We have regular meetings with the chairman and chief executive where we discuss the latest developments, ask questions and pass on the views of members and the public.

In addition, we meet with the non-executive directors through whom we hold the trust to account by seeking assurances the hospitals are being effectively managed and operated efficiently.

For most governors though, it is talking to patients and the public about their experiences and expectations that is most rewarding. Our commitment as governors is to ensure that both hospitals excel in patient care and retain and enhance our Outstanding Quality Care Commission rating.

The next Council of Governors’ meeting is in the Medical Education Centre at St Richard’s Hospital from 9.30am on Tuesday, June 13, and we would really welcome the attendance of members of the public interested in finding out more or wishing to have a question answered.

John Thompson

Lead Governor

Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Don’t miss out on all the latest breaking news where you live.

Here are four ways you can be sure you’ll be among the first to know what’s going on.

1) Make our website your homepage at www.worthingherald.co.uk/

2) Like our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/Worthing.news

3) Follow us on Twitter @Worthing_Herald

4) Register with us by clicking on ‘sign in’ (top right corner). You can then receive our daily newsletter AND add your point of view to stories that you read here.

And do share with your family and friends - so they don’t miss out!

The Worthing Herald - always the first with your local news.

Be part of it.