ENGLAND'S chief inspector of hospitals is is asking people to give their thoughts about the services provided by Wye Valley NHS Trust.

Their views and experiences will help inspectors decide what to look at when they inspect the trust.

A formal inspection will start on Tuesday, which will look at Hereford County Hospital, as well as community hospitals in Ross-on-Wye, Leominster, Bromyard and Hillside in Hereford.

People will be able give their thoughts at the Royal National College for the Blind at 6.30pm on Tuesday.

"The new inspections are designed to provide people with a clear picture of the current quality of the services in their local hospital, exposing poor or mediocre care as well as highlighting the many hospitals providing good and excellent care," said chief inspector Sir Mike Richards.

"We know there is too much variation in quality – these new in-depth inspections will allow us to get a much more detailed picture of care in hospitals than ever before.

"Of course we will be talking to doctors and nurses, hospital managers and patients at the trust.

"But it is vital that we also hear the views of the people who have received care at the trust over the course of the last year or so, or anyone who wants to share information with us.

"This will help us plan our inspection, and so help us focus on the things that really matter to people who depend on this service.

“This is your opportunity to tell the team what you think, and make a difference to the NHS services in the local area.”

A full report of the inspectors’ findings will be published by the Care Quality Commission later in the year.

The trust will be one of the first to be given one of the following ratings: outstanding, good, requiring improvement, inadequate.