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Chance to have say on NHS merger plan; Aintree University Hospital.

Byline: LORNA HUGHES ECHO reporter lorna.hughes@trinitymirror.com @lorna_hughes

THE people of Liverpool are being asked for their views on a huge NHS shake-up that could see the merger of Aintree University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and the Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust.

Bosses believe becoming one organisation - which would be called Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust - would improve patient care . It would be responsible for managing services at Aintree University Hospital, the Royal Liverpool University Hospital, Broadgreen Hospital and Liverpool University Dental Hospital, which would all keep their existing names.

Under the proposals the new organisation would be formed in October - subject to the approval of NHS regulators.

Five public events on the plans will take place in May and June, with more to follow.

Dr Tristan Cope, Medical Director at Aintree University Hospital, said: "We will work as one to ensure our patients receive a consistently high standard of care wherever they are treated.

"It's important that we do this in collaboration with the local communities we serve and these events are a great opportunity for people to find out more and share their views."

Dr Andrew Loughney, Medical Director at the Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust, said: "Our two trusts already work together to deliver some services, for example in vascular, major trauma and the Liverpool Diabetes Partnership.

"By merging we have a real opportunity to join together to work collaboratively to improve quality and consistency of care for our patients and to attract and retain the best staff."

The trusts say a merger would keep specialist services in Liverpool and solve problems with sharing patient information quickly and transferring care from one trust to another.

They say there are currently over 20 services duplicated across the hospitals and a merger would mean money could be spent more efficiently.

The events, which are open to all, are being held at: | Friday, May 10, 10am-12.30pm, The Accelerator Building, Prescot Street, L7 8XP | Tuesday, May 14, 1pm-3.30pm, Quaker Meeting House, 22 School Lane, L1 3BT | Friday, May 17, 10am-12.30pm, Bootle Cricket Club, Wadham Road, L20 2DD | June 12, 6-8.30pm, The Boardroom, Aintree Lodge, Aintree University Hospital, Lower Lane, L9 7AL | June 13, 10am-12.30pm, The Old Schoolhouse, St John's Road, Huyton, L36 0UX Find out more at www.comingtogetherforpatientsliv.nhs.uk or call 0151 529 6642.

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