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Millom community invited to share views on future of hospital services

Posted on Friday 19th December 2014
joanne-fidler

Following a series of public engagement workshops around the county to discuss the clinical options appraisal recently published by North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust, a further session will be held in Millom on Wednesday 7 January 2015.

The engagement workshop will be 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.

Workshops have already taken place in nine towns across north and west Cumbria giving people the opportunity to have their say and express any concerns they may have about the early thinking from the Trust. 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 early suggestions may work in practice

The workshop will be facilitated by Healthwatch and attended by a member of the Trust management team and a consultant and there will be an opportunity for a question and answer session with them at the end of the session.

The Millom event on 7 January will be held in the Millom Guide Hall, St George’s Road, Millom, LA18 4DD between 4.00-6.00pm. Anyone can attend on a first come first served basis – there is no need to book a place.

Any members of the public who are unable to attend the workshop but wish to give their views should visit www.healthwatchcumbria.co.uk  or www.ncuh.nhs.uk to complete an online questionnaire which is now available for an extended period until Friday 9 January 2015 at 12 noon due to high demand. The direct link for the survey is as follows: www.surveymonkey.com/s/ncuhtsurvey 

Alongside the public engagement workshops which started in late November, all staff working at both hospitals are also being actively encouraged to share their views and 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, 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 2015.

To learn more about the engagement events that have already taken place, please visit www.healthwatchcumbria.co.uk where you will find the events listed with relevant comments. For more information, please contact Healthwatch Cumbria on 03003- 038 567, email info@healthwatchcumbria.co.uk