People from across the region have just eight days left to vote in the council of governor elections at Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust, which runs East Surrey Hospital.
Eight-four candidates are standing for election, one of the highest number of candidates in the country and a reflection of the level of interest and support from the communities the Trust serves.
The Trust is encouraging all its 10,000 public and staff members to get involved and vote before the polls close at 5pm on Thursday 2 July.
Trust chief executive Michael Wilson said: “The council of governors has an important role to play. The governors will be able to bring the voices of local people, patients and staff into the heart of our organisation and ensure those voices are heard.”
He added: “Our governor candidates are all passionate about health and this will bring a wealth of experience to the Trust and make a really positive contribution to the future development of our hospital and our services.”
There are 19 elected governor seats representing eight geographical areas and four staff groups.
The candidate(s) with the most votes will become the elected governor in that constituency. The full council will consist of 15 elected public governors, four elected staff governors and nine nominated partner governors.
Public candidates are standing in the following constituencies:
Reigate and Banstead – electing three governors – (24 candidates)
Crawley – electing three governors – (seven candidates)
Mole Valley – electing one governor – (five candidates)
Tandridge – electing two governors – (17 candidates)
Horsham – electing three governors – (ten candidates)
Mid Sussex – electing one governor – (two candidates)
Croydon – electing one governor – (five candidates)
Out of area patient – electing one governor (two candidates)
For a full list of candidates and their election statements please visit www.votebyinternet.com/sashelections2015. The results will be published on 3 July.