Galway based patient advocvate Neil Johnson has been appointed Chairperson of the Patient Council for Saolta University Health Care Group.
The Vice Chair will be Jean Kelly, Saolta’s Group Director of Nursing and Midwifery.
Saolta says the council will play an important role in ensuring that patients' views are represented.
Saolta says the aim of the Patient Council is to work closely with staff to improve the experience patients have when using the services of the hospitals in the group.
The council will cover Letterkenny General Hospital, University Hospital and Merlin Park Hospital in Galway, Sligo Regional Hospital, Mayo General Hospital, Portiuncula Hospital in Ballinasloe and Roscommon Hospital.
The Saolta University Health Care Group says the Council is a vital part of its patient and public involvement strategy and will provide a powerful, independent voice for patients, service users and communities on health service issues.
The Patient Council will help assess the current quality of service, recommend new services or changes required to existing services, review policies and procedures, oversee the development of patient involvement initiatives and help communicate to the wider population.