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Carlisle MP visits the 'Become the Heartbeat of Your Local NHS' roadshow and signs up as a member

Posted on Tuesday 26th June 2012
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John Stevenson at the membership roadshow in Carlisle

John Stevenson Conservative MP for Carlisle has signed up as a member of the local hospital Trust as part of a new campaign to ‘Become the Heartbeat of Your Local NHS’.

John was among local people who visited the membership recruitment road show on Saturday in the Market Place, Carlisle and met the street team who are recruiting members to have their say on local hospital services in Carlisle and Whitehaven.

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

As part of the acquisition 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.

People in North Cumbria are being encouraged to join the ‘Become the Heartbeat of your local NHS’ campaign and the road show tour of North Cumbria which launched last week has so far visited Cumberland Infirmary, Carlisle, various Carlisle city centre venues, Carlisle University and Brampton.

Carlisle MP John Stevenson said he was delighted to support the campaign by signing up to become a member.

“Cumberland Infirmary and the hospital Trust are part of our community and it is really important that people know what the Trust is about and what it is going to be doing in the future,” he said.

“In the same way, the Trust has to establish itself with issues that concern local people and take them on board, so becoming a member is a two way process between the Trust and the community.

“What I want to see for my constituents is the best possible healthcare we can have in this area and by becoming a member local people can help us to achieve that.”

Elaine Smith, 56, of Kirkbampton is a full time carer for her mother and wanted to become a member so she can give her views to local hospital bosses.

“I have had quite a lot of experience of health services through looking after my mother and I would like to be part of making positive changes for the hospital. I think everyone’s views should be included, as many as possible, and it is great they are recruiting members. I want to give my views to help improve the hospital for the benefit of patients.”

Billy Tait, 72, a retired sales manager of Carlisle signed up to become a member at the road show at Cumberland Infirmary, Carlisle.

He said: “I am backing the membership campaign and welcome the opportunity to become involved in the health services at my local hospital. I want to be more involved in the local NHS and I think it is a great idea to have members of the public like me to feed in their views."

The road show is touring the streets in a branded Range Rover to engage with local people and encourage them to be part of the decision-making process by becoming members. Street teams are on hand 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.

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.”

FACT BOX

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.

You can contact the Foundation Membership Team on: 0800 085 5950 or e-mail: foundation@northumbria.nhs.uk or visit http://www.northumbria.nhs.uk/members/being-a-member/member-application to download a form online.

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

North Cumbria

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
Co Op foyer or car park (weather permitting) at harbourside, 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