GUH seeks volunteers for Patient Council

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Galway University Hospitals (GUH) are looking for volunteers to be part of the Patient Council as some members of the current council are nearing the end of their term.

The Patient Council works with GUH to identify opportunities to improve the care experience for patients, families and caregivers when using the services of both UHG and Merlin Park Hospital.

The Council has an advisory role, making recommendations which will try to embed the patient voice throughout the organisation and for that voice to be incorporated in organisational activities.

Chris Kane, General Manager at Galway University Hospitals, said that they are very grateful for the contribution and commitment of the previous Patient Council.

She said that they play a key role in helping us shape what we do and how we do it.

“It is a valued link with the community we serve and assists our staff greatly by providing a patient’s perspective on the services we provide,” said Ms Kane.

“As the current Council’s term will shortly come to an end, we welcome applications from anyone interested in joining the Council.

“We would particularly like to hear from people who have had direct contact with our hospital as a patient or relative and would like to contribute to improving the health services we provide and patients’ experience in Galway University Hospitals.”

Between seven and ten people participate in the Council and work with the Hospital Management team. The Council meet bi-monthly with a minimum of six meetings per calendar year. 

If you are interested in volunteering for the Patient Council or would like to find out more about what the role entails, please call 091-542517 or email ellen.wiseman@hse.ie