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Tuesday, 30 September 2014

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Facebook hospital campaign gains a hearing

CONCERNS from a Facebook group about West Cumberland Hospital have been listened to by health chiefs.

By Gillian Ellison

The campaign was started by Mirehouse mother-of-two Siobhan Gearing who was invited to join health bosses at a meeting called by Copeland MP Jamie Reed on Friday.

She said people were worried about many services including out-of-hours care being moved to Carlisle.

“What about the golden hour, if someone is critical then this can be the difference between life and death,” Mrs Gearing told the meeting of Whitehaven Health Group.

She is also now handing over letters from concerned members of the public to hospital bosses – mainly surrounding loss of services from Whitehaven to Carlisle.

And she is still pressing ahead with organising a public march in Whitehaven about hospital services on July 7.

Copeland Council leader, Elaine Woodburn, told the meeting: “You have a community which is really nervous. There’s a nice shiny hospital but no one is saying what’s going to be in it. They are worried that it’s a reduced service here.”

Chief executive of North Cumbria University Hospitals Trust, Ann Farrar, said A&E would remain 24 hours and that patients only go to the Cumberland Infirmary, Carlisle, for select procedures.

She said the hospital would have integrated emergency care, ambulatory care (which treats patients directly referred from GPs and patients from A&E without admitting to hospital), acute admissions ward, sub acute ward, ensuite single rooms.

Jeremy Rushmer, medical director for West Cumberland Hospital, said he was committed that the Whitehaven hospital would be “a fantastic hub for all forms of elective surgery”.

Dr John Howarth, director of service improvement at Cumbria Partnership Foundation Trust, said: “West Cumberland Hospital should become the hub of healthcare services for West Cumbria.”

Have your say

Jeremy Rushmore comment ' a fantastic hub of for all forms of elective surgery' is the real give away. what it means that new management wants to convert new built WCH to elective only center, not even a hospital. like Hexham Elective care center.

Ms Farrar's comment ' Hospital will have integrated emergency care and ambulatory care ..... treat patient without admitting to the hospital' also indicate that there will be token emergency care unit,not an A/E Department as we know, and there will not be inpatient acute emergency care with full back up of all medical and surgical team.

We should be worried, really worried, about this 'statement of intent' for new built WCH by Northumbria Managers.

Posted by Mahesh Dhebar on 26 June 2014 at 12:39

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