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Become the heartbeat of your local NHS

Posted on Friday 22nd June 2012
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Dave Evans, Medical Director at Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

People in North Cumbria are being encouraged to ‘Become the heartbeat of your local NHS.

North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust is becoming part of Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust - one of the top performing trusts in the country.

Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust has a target to recruit 10,000 members by December 1, 2012 when it officially acquires North Cumbria Hospitals NHS Trust.

The ‘Become the heartbeat of your local NHS’ campaign encourages local people to join the Trust as members and help shape hospital services in North Cumbria.

The road show is taking to the streets to engage with local people and encourage them to be part of the decision-making process by becoming members.

The road show will be touring the region beginning in Carlisle from Monday 18 June to give out information and answer questions about becoming a member. As a member you are kept informed about the work of the Trust and have the chance to give your views on plans for the services that matter to you. Members can also benefit from NHS discounts in shops and online.

Offering people a hot brew and the chance to sign up as a member, the road show team will drive a branded Range Rover to raise awareness of North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust becoming part of Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and what that means for local people.

Mr Dave Evans, medical director at Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We are encouraging local people in North Cumbria to look out for our members’ recruitment road show which is touring the region in the coming weeks, giving you the opportunity to find out more about becoming a member.

“Becoming a member is a real opportunity for residents to truly shape local health services and it is through our membership that we are accountable to local people. Our members elect our governors who give their views to help develop our priorities.

“We’re going through lots of exciting changes so it’s a great time to join us. It’s absolutely free and you can be involved as much or as little as you like, from simply receiving newsletters and voting papers to donating your time as a member volunteer.”

Benefits of being a member

Give us your support and as a member you will:

• Be informed about our work.

• Have the chance to give your views on our plans for the services that matter to you.

• Vote for governors who help shape our services and priorities.

• Be able to stand as a governor.

• Benefit from NHS discounts in shops and online.

Join today

Membership is open to anyone aged 12 or over and you can be involved as much or as little as you want. What’s more it’s FREE.

To find out more visit here, contact the Foundation Membership Team on 0800 085 5950 or e-mail: foundation@northumbria.nhs.uk

Roadshow dates

The Become the Heartbeat of your Local NHS Road show will be visiting the following places between 10am to 2pm:

Week One

Monday 18 June
Cumberland Infirmary, Carlisle

Tuesday 19 June
Cumberland Infirmary, Carlisle

Wednesday 20 June
Cumberland Infirmary, Carlisle

Thursday 21 June
Morning: Carlisle City Centre, Flag Market near the Bandstand
Afternoon: Morrisons and Carlisle University

Friday 22 June
Brampton Market Square 

Saturday 23 June
Roaming in Carlisle City Centre at Flag Market near the Bandstand, Tesco and Carlisle University

Week Two

Monday 25 June
Community Centre, Arthuret Road, Longtown
West Cumberland Hospital, Whitehaven

Tuesday 26 June
Community Centre, Petteril Street, Silloth
West Cumberland Hospital, Whitehaven 

Wednesday 27 June
Café in Allerdale DC local link office, High Street Centre, 20 High Street, Wigton
West Cumberland Hospital, Whitehaven

Thursday 28 June
Roaming at the harbour side and Co Op car park, Maryport

Friday 29 June
Main Street, Cockermouth

Saturday 30 June
Town Hall, Alston

Week Three

Monday 2 July
Corn Market (TBC), Penrith

Tuesday 3 July 
Corn Market (TBC) Penrith

Wednesday 4 July
Appleby

Thursday 5 July
Town Centre, Workington

Friday 6 July
Town Centre, Workington

Saturday 7 July
Keswick

Week Four

Monday 9 July
Market Place, Whitehaven

Tuesday 10 July
Market Place, Whitehaven

Wednesday 11 July
West Cumberland Hospital, Whitehaven

Thursday 12 July
West Cumberland Hospital, Whitehaven

Friday 13 July
West Cumberland Hospital, Whitehaven

Saturday 14 July
Egremont

Sunday 15 July
Seascale