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Public invited to share views on future of hospital services

Posted on Friday 21st November 2014
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Members of the public are being invited to attend facilitated workshops, led by Healthwatch Cumbria, to discuss the clinical options appraisal published last month by North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust. 

As part of wider plans to improve health and care services right across north Cumbria and in line with the Together for a Healthier Future programme, the Trust has shared its initial thinking on how it can provide safe and sustainable services, delivered by a permanent workforce, for future generations ahead. programme, the Trust has shared its initial thinking on how it can provide safe and sustainable services, delivered by a permanent workforce, for future generations ahead.

To make sure everyone’s views are heard, the Trust is now embarking on a period of widespread engagement with all stakeholders to help everyone better understand the complex challenges which still remain and must be solved in order for the Cumberland Infirmary and West Cumberland Hospital to progress even further and become high performing hospitals.

With the support of Healthwatch Cumbria, an independent organisation set up to champion the views of patients and help make services better, a series of engagement workshops will take place across north Cumbria, over the next two months, 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.

Workshops will take place between Monday 24 November and Thursday 11th December 2014 as detailed below. Places are limited and will be offered on a first come first served basis. For more information contact Healthwatch Cumbria on 03003- 038 567 or email info@healthwatchcumbria.co.uk or visit www.healthwatchcumbria.co.uk

Day

Date

Time

Town

Venue

Mon

24-Nov

6.30pm-8.30pm

Seascale

Methodist Church Rooms Gosforth Road, Seascale, CA20 1PU

Tues

25-Nov

6.30pm-8.30pm

Carlisle

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

Wed

26-Nov

6.30pm 8.30pm

Workington

The Oval Centre, Salterbeck Drive, Workington CA14 5AH

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



David Blacklock, chief executive at Healthwatch Cumbria said: “Everyone living in communities across north Cumbria wants outstanding healthcare and we welcome the Trust’s willingness to engage with the public on the difficult issues which it continues to face.

“We are pleased to support the Trust in this process and will be visiting communities from Monday 24 November with a number of workshops where people can come along to understand the issues facing the Trust, express any concerns and give their views on the potential solutions outlined so far.”

Despite significant improvements over the past 18 months and the good caring service provided by staff every day for patients, there is still much more to do to make care even safer so that North Cumbria can come out of ‘special measures’. This is something that regulators, the Care Quality Commission also expect after giving the Trust an overall rating of ‘requires improvement’.

Gail Naylor, director of nursing and midwifery at North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust said: “Since joining the Trust six months ago I have been overwhelmed at the sheer dedication of our staff and that goes right from the wards up to the boardroom and everybody in between – teams across the organisation are determined to make things better for our patients.

“Whilst there have been some really big improvements so far, particularly around reducing mortality and infections in our hospitals, we know we still have further to go and we cannot shy away from the big issues which remain. 

“We want our hospitals to thrive in the future and provide services that not only give our patients the best possible chance of survival and recovery, but also help us to attract more doctors and nurses to come and work with us.

“To do this will require change and we are now absolutely committed to involving all stakeholders, with the support of Healthwatch, as we openly discuss the challenges we face and the potential solutions we feel are available to solve them.”

Dr David Rogers, NHS Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group’s Medical Director, said: “We hope that local people will take the opportunity to attend these events to find out more and to make their views known. We look forward to hearing the outcome of this public engagement process.”

For more information contact Healthwatch Cumbria on 03003- 038 567 or email info@healthwatchcumbria.co.uk

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