Representatives Want More Islanders To Join Hospital Trust

Royal Cornwall Hospital at Treliske. Photo © Copyright Tony Atkin

Royal Cornwall Hospital at Treliske. Photo © Copyright Tony Atkin

One of the Scilly’s patient representatives on regional health services wants more islanders to have a say on their NHS care.

Marian Bennett serves on the Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust shadow Council of Governors, along with Steve Manning.

The group is run in parallel to the main board, as the Trust works toward foundation status. But they need locals to sign up as members as part of that process.

Marian says many teenagers have joined already, as schools have encouraged membership.

She believes that, if more islanders joined, it could give Scilly a greater say in decisions about Treliske and some Scilly-based services.

The board she serves on does give representatives some power to change things. And she says that the Trust Chairman and Chief Executive have assured her that any proposed changes to healthcare in the region will give ‘top priority’ to the impact on islanders before they are introduced.

That’s particularly important, she says, considering our isolation and transport issues.

Marian has been involved with health-related groups and authorities for decades and she says she’s confident that the RCHT is taking Scilly concerns into account and the islands’ representatives are making a difference.

And she says island members can stay updated on health care changes through their newsletters and mailings.

You should contact Marian or Steve if you want to find out more about how to get involved with the trust.