Members of the public can have their say by filling out a survey.
A local NHS consultation has been launched asking for the public's views about proposals to spend government funding of £450m to improve acute and maternity services in the three main local hospitals run by University Hospitals of Leicester (UHL) Leicestershire hospitals.
The Building Better Hospitals for the Future proposals include outlines for changes to improve patient care, provide 139 more hospital beds, and move all acute care to Leicester Royal Infirmary and Glenfield Hospital. There are also proposals to create 'super' intensive care units, a major planned-care treatment centre, and a community healthcare campus.
Members of the public have the power to make the investment a reality by completing a questionnaire. Survey submissions will the accepted until December 21.
Clinicians that have helped to create the proposals have written an open letter to all
patients in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland asking for your help.
In the open letter, Andrew Furlong, Medical Director and Consultant Children’s Orthopaedic Surgeon, and a group of clinicians at the University of Hospitals Leicester, said: “We do what we do because we care about your health and your family’s health. Ensuring you get the best possible care is at the heart of the decisions we make and of these proposals. We believe the changes we are proposing will improve our services for you, not just now but for many years to come”
Above: Computer generated images of the proposed buildings
Andrew Furlong told Better Hospitals Leicester: "These proposals will help us to offer the highest quality, state-of-the art healthcare services that patients deserve, and fit for future generations.
"Importantly, these changes would enable us to separate emergency care from the care arranged in advance for our patients, helping to prevent treatment being delayed or cancelled when emergency services are busy.
"Our recent experience of responding to the Covid-19 pandemic has shown us just how important these proposed changes are – we’ve coped well but would have coped better if the changes we are proposing had already been made."
To request a copy of the questionnaire to complete at home, contact 0116 295 0750 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.