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Get involved and share your views on the future of hospital services

Posted on Monday 1st December 2014
joanne-fidler

People living in Whitehaven, Keswick, Maryport and Cockermouth are being encouraged to join engagement workshops being held by Healthwatch Cumbria this week to discuss the future of hospital services run by North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust. 

The engagement workshops are being led by Healthwatch Cumbria to help everyone better understand the complex challenges which must be solved in order for the Cumberland Infirmary and West Cumberland Hospital to progress even further and become high performing hospitals.

Last week workshops were held in Seascale, Carlisle and Workington and so far, Healthwatch has received some positive feedback from people pleased to have been given the opportunity to have their say and express any concerns they may have. This is also a chance to learn more about the key issues as feedback so far has suggested that some people would like more information about why there is a need for changes to be made and how the proposals would work in practice.

The workshops are attended by members of the Trust management team and consultants who are keen to engage with the public. There is an opportunity for a question and answer session with them at the end of each session.

Anybody can attend the workshops on a first come first served basis – there is no need to book a place. For more information, please contact Healthwatch Cumbria on 03003- 038 567, email info@healthwatchcumbria.co.uk or visit www.healthwatchcumbria.co.uk

Day

Date

Time

Town

Venue

Mon

01-Dec

6.30pm-8.30pm

Whitehaven

Cumbria Sports Academy, Overend Road, Whitehaven CA28 8SD

Tues

02-Dec

6.30pm 8.30pm

Keswick

Rawnsely Centre, Main Street, Keswick CA12 5JF

Wed

03-Dec

6.30pm-8.30pm

Maryport

Maryport Rugby League Club, Mealpot Road, Maryport CA15 6NE

Thurs

04-Dec

6.30pm-8.30pm

Cockermouth

Town Hall, Market Place, Cockermouth CA13 9NP

Mon

08-Dec

6.30pm-8.30pm

Whitehaven

Cumbria Sports Academy, Overend Road, Whitehaven CA28 8SD

Tues

09-Dec

6.30pm-8.30pm

Carlisle

Richard Rose Central Academy, Victoria Place, Carlisle CA1 1LY

Wed

10-Dec

6.30pm-8.30pm

Wigton

The Market Hall, Church Street, Wigton CA7 9AA

Thurs

11-Dec

7 - 9pm

Penrith

Penrith RUFC, Winters Park, Penrith CA11 8RG



Any members of the public who are unable to attend a workshop but wish to give their views should visit www.healthwatchcumbria.co.uk  or www.ncuh.nhs.uk to complete an online questionnaire which will be available from Thursday 20 November until 5pm on Friday 19 December 2014. The direct link for the survey is as follows: www.surveymonkey.com/s/ncuhtsurvey 

Alongside the public engagement workshops, all staff working at both hospitals are also being actively encouraged to share their views. Meetings with key stakeholders also continue to take place on a regular basis. 

The engagement activity is taking place to make sure people have an opportunity to share their views on the ‘draft clinical options appraisal’ which was published in October and outlines the Trust’s thinking on how it can provide safe and sustainable services, delivered by a permanent workforce, for future generations ahead.

Healthwatch Cumbria, an independent organisation set up to champion the views of patients and help make services better, is working with the Trust to run a series of engagement workshops, giving members of the public the chance to raise any issues about the challenges faced and to comment on the most important issues for the Trust to consider when moving forward. All comments and questions will be presented back to the Trust in January.