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Posted: August 15, 2013

Annual Members Meeting takes place in September

Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is inviting local people to find out about their latest developments and improvements in patient care at their upcoming Annual Members' Meeting taking place in September.

The meeting will be held in the Academy at the Great Western Hospital from 5.45pm on Wednesday 11 September.

Alongside running the Great Western Hospital in Swindon, the Trust is responsible for a whole range of community healthcare and maternity services across Wiltshire and parts of Bath and North East Somerset, as well as maternity services at the Royal United Hospital in Bath.

The Annual Members Meeting is a chance for members of the public to hear first hand about some of the Trust's highlights and achievements in the last 12 months as well as the challenges they have faced.  Attendees will also be among the first to learn the Trust's plans for the year ahead and have an opportunity to put their questions to members of the Trust Board.

Those attending the meeting will be able to look around various health stalls and take part in free health and lifestyle checks such as hearing tests, blood pressure, cholesterol and BMI checks. 

Chairman of Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Bruce Laurie, said:

"Anyone who is interested in their local health services and the work of the Trust is encouraged to come along to our Annual Members Meeting and find out more about what we're doing.

There will be the opportunity to ask any questions you may have and we will be hosting presentations on developments at GWH and in the community, NHS in the news - a difficult year for health, and also a special lecture on heart disease."

"As a Foundation Trust we have a strong membership to whom we are accountable and we are looking to expand that membership so that we can be sure our services meet the healthcare needs of the local population.  Our 12,000 members are local people who can have their say on the services we provide, influence decisions and get involved with the Trust. Anyone who lives in the area, works for the Trust, or has been a patient or service user, can become a member for free and get involved."

For more information and to book your place, please contact the Membership Office on 01793 604185 or email foundation.trust@gwh.nhs.uk detailing any special requirements. Refreshments will be provided.

Upcoming health talk on embarrassing bodies!

Anyone interested in their local health services is also welcome to come along to the fourth in a series of health talks hosted by GWH on a range of high profile health issues.  The topics such as dementia and heart disease were chosen by members, and the next talk is 'Embarrassing Bodies (things that make you go...ooh!)' by Dr Jessica Daniel, Sexual Health/HIV Consultant.   This will take place on 4 September from 6.30pm-7.30pm; there is no need to book.

The talk will cover topics such as embarrassing gential lumps and bumps, what's normal down there and what's abnormal, and painful sex. 

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