Your views sought on South West ambulance service

DO you have views on how the South West s ambulance service is run? Have you got comments to make about your own experiences, or those of your family or friends, of using emergency, urgent care or patient transport services?

DO you have views on how the South West's ambulance service is run? Have you got comments to make about your own experiences, or those of your family or friends, of using emergency, urgent care or patient transport services?

South Western Ambulance Service NHS Trust (SWAST) is seeking your opinions on its plans to become an NHS Foundation Trust, in a public consultation which runs until Sunday 6 December 2009. During this time, it is your chance to engage in a full and frank debate about what it will mean for SWAST to become a Foundation Trust. Taking part in the consultation means you can have your say on SWAST's proposed governance arrangements - in other words, how they make sure that high performance and clinical quality standards continue to be met, patients and staff are kept safe, and best use is made of taxpayers' money. All your comments are welcome.

As part of the NHS Foundation Trust application process, SWAST is also aiming to recruit over 17,000 members who are representative of the communities they serve. This is a further opportunity for people to support SWAST's life-saving work and get involved with service development. For more information about NHS Foundation Trusts and membership, or the various ways to get involved in the public consultation, you can visit www.swast.nhs.uk/ft or contact Lynne Paramor on 01392 261509.

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