How do I access services provided by the Alliance?

The purpose of the Alliance is to offer you more choice about where you can receive your treatment and wherever possible this will be closer to your home. We also aim to increase your options in terms of waiting times so that you have more control over where you receive your treatment and how long you need to wait for it.

You can access Alliance services via your GP. He or she may make a direct referral to our services for you or they may suggest that you select the best option for you via the Choose and Book service. We aim to make it as easy as possible for you to access our services.

We are continually expanding the range of services we can bring closer to you and we know that you will be most interested in treatments that are now being delivered close to your home. The list below provides you with some examples of the types of treatment that you can access through the Alliance across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland:

  • Orthopaedics
  • Plastic surgery
  • Ophthalmology
  • Rheumatology
  • Urology
  • Ear nose and throat
  • Gastroenterology
  • Geriatric medicine
  • Neurology
  • Dermatology

What our patients say

Julie Booth recently had a podiatry operation and she said; “This was my first ever operation so I didn’t know what to expect. I knew the specialist I wanted to do the procedure so I asked if this was possible. I was told that patient choice is at the heart of what the Alliance do so I opted to go with my request. I was also happy for it to be done at Melton Hospital as I wanted a shorter waiting time. The great thing was that all my pre and post operative care was delivered at my local hospital in Loughborough. I would say to anyone who is due to have elective surgery to think about what is important to them, to be aware that they have a choice and most of all, don’t be afraid to ask.”

How can I get involved?

If you have views about how and where the Alliance services are delivered, we would like to hear from you. You could become a patient representative and join the Patient and Public Partnership Group (PPPG).

Our PPPG is mainly made up of patients and we have clear terms of reference. We also have nominated co-chairs, and an expanding membership which helps us to reach out into local communities. Our PPPG is integral to the decision making structure of the Alliance and its chairs are also members of all the other main Alliance committees including the Clinical Reference Group.

David Perrins, a potential new member of the PPPG said; “Thanks for inviting me to your meeting and what a helpful, insightful meeting it was for me! Very few members of the public, it occurs to me, know anything about the ramifications and inner workings of the NHS as they were discussed at the meeting. If they did, perhaps those thinking members of the public would be less critical and a lot more supportive of the effort and good work that goes on day in day out for the benefit of the nation's good health.”

Kevin Blanks, one of two co-chairs of the PPPG, explains:
“The Alliance has a lot of work to do in the coming weeks and months and we urgently need new members to support us.

“Talking with and listening to patients and carers to understand what matters most to them is tremendously important and we need people to work with us if we are to make Alliance services fully patient focussed.

“We know from many discussions we have had with patients that people really value the opportunity to be involved at the planning stage. This is because they can help to shape new and exciting ways to deliver day case and outpatient services.”