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February 2016 - John Lyons

Hi Everyone,

My name is John Lyons and I have been a Patient Governor of Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust for over six years. This blog tells you:

Something about me, 
why I think it is important to be a Member / Governor of the Trust, and what I enjoy about being involved with the Trust. 

1) I am married with three grown up children and five grandchildren. We enjoy being grandparents and hope for more. I retired from a senior management NHS post after 26 years of service (not at Mid Cheshire). Prior to this I worked in manufacturing, local government and the water industry. I enjoyed all my jobs but got the most satisfaction from my NHS career because of the range of committed professionals I worked with. As well as being a Governor; I keep busy with many other activities, including travel, keep-fit and volunteering. 

2) The NHS is facing increasing demand for its services, pressure to control costs and to introduce more effective treatments and drugs. These factors make change inevitable. It is important that local people are consulted upon and involved in the future shape of our NHS. The best way to do this is by becoming a Member and/or Governor of the Trust.

3) Both myself and my wife have been patients of the Trust and we have been impressed by the quality of care and the commitment of staff. My involvement as a Governor has given me first-hand experience of the way in which the Trust Board is committed to delivering high quality care in an efficient way. I am also proud to be associated with a successful Acute NHS Hospital. I find my role as Governor satisfying as well as interesting and it enables me to have a say in the future of our local services. 

Thank you for reading.  

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