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SOUTH Western Ambulance Service NHS Trust (SWAST) is seeking feedback about its service from members of the public. The Trust wants to hear from people who have used its emergency, urgent care or patient transport services as part of its bid to become an

SOUTH Western Ambulance Service NHS Trust (SWAST) is seeking feedback about its service from members of the public.

The Trust wants to hear from people who have used its emergency, urgent care or patient transport services as part of its bid to become an NHS Foundation Trust.

"The public consultation runs until December 6 and we need to get as many local people as possible involved," said SWAST project spokesperson Demelza Hookway.

"This is your chance to engage in a full and frank debate about what it will mean for SWAST to become a Foundation Trust.


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"Taking part in the consultation means you can have your say on SWAST's proposed governance arrangements - in other words, how we make sure that high performance and clinical quality standards continue to be met, ensure patients and staff are kept safe, and best use is made of taxpayers' money.

"All your comments are welcome."

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As part of the NHS Foundation Trust application process, SWAST is also aiming to recruit more than 17,000 members to represent local communities in the South West.

"This is a further opportunity for people to support SWAST's life-saving work and get involved with service development," added Ms Hookway.

For more information about NHS Foundation Trusts and membership, or the various ways to get involved in the public consultation, visit www.swast.nhs.uk/ft or contact consultation coordinator Lynne Paramor on (01392) 261509.

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