PEOPLE are being invited to have a say over how local hospitals are run.

The Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust is inviting people to join the Membership Council.

There are currently four vacant seats on the trust’s Membership Council from three areas in Calderdale and the trust wishes to fill them as soon as possible with interested members of the public.

The three areas cover:

Brighouse, Elland, Greetland, Stainland, Rastrick, Skircoat – one vacancy.

Bingley Rural, Clayton, Great Horton, Hipperholme, Lightcliffe, Illingworth, Northowram, Shelf, Odsal, Queensbury, Thornton, Tong, Wibsey, Wyke – two vacancies.

Mixenden, Ovenden, St John’s, Sowerby Bridge, Town, Warley – one vacancy.

Membership councillors carry out a wide range of activities supporting the trust and these may include patient surveys, tasting food and assessing other key areas which are important to patients such as cleanliness and privacy and dignity .

To help anyone interested in being part of their local NHS, the trust is holding two events to explain the role of the membership councillor and how they work to make sure hospital services are patient friendly and best serve the community.

They are on Tuesday, November 13, 5.30pm for 6pm in the Large Training Room, Learning Centre, Calderdale Royal Hospital and on Thursday, November 15, 5.30pm for 6pm in the Board Room, sub-basement, Huddersfield Royal Infirmary.

The membership council is made up of 28 people and every trust in the country has one. They work closely with the trust board to change and shape services to suit their local populations