The Council of Governors
In 2009 the Royal Surrey County Hospital became a Foundation Trust giving it more freedom to manage its own finances and operation while still being firmly part of the NHS. This changed the way it is governed.
Part of that change ensures that the people the Royal Surrey serves have an influence on the Trust’s strategy, priorities and an oversight of what goes on.
This is achieved by the hospital having a membership drawn from the area it serves and by providing a means for that membership to have an influence.
The most important way members have influence is by electing governors to represent them. The hospital’s governors are an influential body who are very active on behalf of the public and patients.
As a member you can participate in the election of the Trust’s governors and you could become a candidate yourself. That is why the Royal Surrey wants as many people as possible to show support for the hospital by becoming a member.