Posted on Thursday 10th November 2011
Elizabeth Klein, Divisional Nurse Lead, John Stevenson MP, Richard Heaton, Head of Nursing, Carole Jordan, Patient Panel representative
John Stevenson, MP for Carlisle, visited the Cumberland Infirmary on Friday 4 November.
Richard Heaton, Head of Nursing with North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust, Elizabeth Klein, Divisional Nurse Lead and Carole Jordan, a Patients Panel representative, showed John around several wards at the Infirmary, giving him the opportunity to chat to nursing staff about new developments at the hospital.
The new developments include the recent launch of the Telestroke service which links eight hospitals across the Cumbria & Lancashire Cardiac Stroke Network. 15 stroke consultants including those at the Cumberland Infirmary and West Cumberland Hospital in Whitehaven, have come together to offer a 24/7 stroke service for patients. The consultants are providing ‘out of hours’ clinical advice from their homes using high speed broadband technology to remotely connect to the eight hospital sites.
Another recent development is the relocation of Carlisle’s GP out of hours service to the Cumberland Infirmary. The service, managed by CHoC (Cumbria Health on Call), is for people in Carlisle who need urgent care when their GP surgery is closed. The move is part of plans to ensure that health services are working closely together and making it easier for patients who require GP services and A&E services to access the services they need at the same site.
In addition, The Heart Centre at the Cumberland Infirmary is opening at the end of this month. Patients requiring coronary angioplasty operations will be able to have these for the first time in Cumbria when this new service begins in a dedicated unit at the hospital. It means that over 700 patients in North Cumbria will benefit each year with a service delivered closer to home.
John previously visited the hospital in 2010 and was pleased to see the progress which has been made over the past year. John said: “The Cumberland Infirmary is vital to the healthcare of residents living in Carlisle and North Cumbria. It is important that a high standard of healthcare continues to be achieved which in turn will allow patient trust in the Cumberland Infirmary to improve.
During my visit I met with nurses who work on the wards. Since my previous visit, measures have begun to be implemented to deliver more efficient healthcare on hospital wards to improve patient care and reduce hospital stay for patients.”