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Cockermouth's £11 million health facility on schedule

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Cockermouth's £11 million health facility on schedule

Posted on Friday 31st May 2013

Cockermouth Hospital new build May 2013

Work on the new Cockermouth Community Hospital and Health Centre is on schedule and doctors and health professionals are now looking forward to providing improved services for patients when the new facilities opens at the end of this summer, 2013.

The majority of services are expected to be available at the facility once work is completed and will be fully operational by autumn.

The £11 million development includes a new 130 space car park with CCTV registration control for people using the health facilities.

Inside the new building there will be a wide range of health services available including: Castlegate and Derwent House Surgeries, Kirkgate Dental Practice, Castlegate Pharmacy (incorporating Derwent House dispensary), community physiotherapy, podiatry, X-ray and ultrasound, minor injuries and day case surgery theatres, an 11 bed inpatient ward, rehabilitation physiotherapy, vascular screening, retinoscopy, First Step and some hospital consultant clinics. The new health facility will also be the base for children’s community nurses, midwives, health visitors and district nurses.

Dr Simon Desert, Clinical Lead, GP Castlegate Surgery said: “The design principles of the new health centre are built around integrated services - creating a flexible space where GPs, consultants and the wider health and social care teams can work together to provide the best care for patients.

“Previously, consultant clinics were held in Cockermouth. Due to the floods in 2009 the lack of space resulted in a suspension of these services. We are working to bring more services closer to home for the patients of Cockermouth.

“The design of the building is integral to the new style of delivering care. Rather than GPs and consultants working individually in rooms along long corridors, we have been able to create more open spaces where we can work collaboratively together. This style of building has been something new for our architects, who are specialists in designing medical buildings.

“The hospital itself will provide a superior environment for patients, providing privacy and dignity for in-patients with single en-suite rooms throughout. There will be an improved working environment for the rehabilitation teams and the opportunity for GPs working in collaboration with the acute trust to provide day-case surgery.

“From the moment a patient arrives they will experience a new way - focusing around sharing care with patients.”

The new entrance will be more welcoming, and rather than one desk requiring patients to queue and be overheard, there will be self check-in terminals, IT points and WiFi allowing patients to make their own future appointments.

There will also be “private” reception points where patients can discuss complex, confidential issues in a more private setting. Both practices are currently encouraging patients to register for on-line appointments, the next stage will be on-line prescription ordering, access to patient records, and increased opportunities for patients to monitor long term conditions at home for patients who would find this helpful.

Dr Desert added: “Elderly or less able patients have been foremost in our mind in providing a comprehensive health service within an accessible building. This will be a patient centred building.

“We are indebted to the League of Friends and Lady Egremont  whose farsighted actions provided a site and now an outstanding health facility for many generations to come.”

Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust are running the inpatient ward and providing services including district nursing, health visiting, children’s community services and First Step services. 

Dr John Howarth, Director of Integration at Cumbria Partnership said, ‘I’m delighted that we will finally have a community hospital and health care facility that provides a one stop shop for the health needs of the people of Cockermouth.”

Robertson Construction NEE Limited is the contractor building the hospital working closely with eLIFT Cumbria, NHS Cumbria's development partner.

The health facility is owned by eLIFT Cumbria and leased to the NHS on a 25 year agreement with an ongoing option to extend the lease for perpetuity.  eLIFT Cumbria is a  public private partnership with 40 per cent of the shares owned by the public sector partner, Community Health Partnerships (who will also take up the Head Tenancy in the building)  and 60 per cent by Express Lifts Development Investment Ltd.

Posted on Friday 31st May 2013


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