Members of Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust (SASH) are being invited to have their say and vote for a council of governors.
SASH is holding the election as a step towards NHS foundation trust authorisation and Trust members can vote for a local candidate to represent their area.
Trust chairman Alan McCarthy said: “I know our governors will bring a wealth of experience to the council of governors. They have an important role to play, linking us to the communities we serve, talking to our members and making sure their voices are heard.”
There have been 84 nominations for 19 elected governor seats. The governors will represent eight geographical areas and four staff groups within the Trust, which runs East Surrey Hospital.
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
Alan added: “We have over 10,000 members from across the communities we serve and I hope that they will continue to get involved and vote for the candidate of their choice to represent their views.”
Polling opened on 12 June and closes at 5pm on 2 July. The results will be announced on 3 July.