Have your say on NHS Tayside’s surgical services plans

Two successful public events have been held in the past two weeks as part of the Transformation of Surgical Services consultation.

About 60 members of the public, patients, carers and relatives attended events in Stracathro Hospital and Pitlochry Town Hall to share their views as part of the consultation on proposals for the transformation of surgical services in Tayside.

Associate medical director for surgery Peter Stonebridge gave a presentation about the plans and he and members of the consultation team were available to discuss the proposals to make changes to where surgeons, doctors and nurses deliver some general surgical procedures.

The proposed changes aim to ensure NHS Tayside can continue to provide sustainable, safe, high-quality surgical services.

Written materials were also available for people to take home, including the consultation summary document, frequently asked questions and a questionnaire.

Some of the feedback at the events has included discussions on transport, potential impact on carers and families, and staffing resources.

The consultation began on Monday July 3 and it runs until Tuesday October 3.

As part of the consultation process, public feedback is continually reviewed and following comments from stakeholders, further information stands about the consultation and how to get involved will be displayed at community hospitals across Tayside.