Healthcare listening events go ahead this week in Workington and Carlisle

Two healthcare listening events will be held this week to give Cumbrians their say in how health and care services could be improved in the West, North and East of the county.

They are part of a series of events held in different locations in Cumbria this month, facilitated by consumer champion for health and social care Healthwatch at the request of the local NHS.

They will be held in Workington on Wednesday in the Carnegie Theatre and shopping centre, and Carlisle on Friday in the Crown and Mitre Hotel and outside the Old Town Hall. The Carlisle venue has changed due to flooding - full details below.

The first two events last week in Penrith and Whitehaven saw more than 200 people give their views on health and care in their area of the county.

West, North and East Cumbria face a number of local health and care challenges, including difficulties recruiting healthcare staff, access to care particularly for those in remote areas, a rising demand for healthcare services and financial challenges.

The ideas of local people are vital in addressing these challenges, and views taken at these events are being sent to the NHS organisations which are working on ways to make improvements.

Dr Stephen Singleton is medical director of the West, North and East Cumbria Success Regime, a national initiative to help the different health and care organisations in the area work together towards these improvements.

He said: “Listening to local people is a key component of the Success Regime. These drop-in programmes are the beginning of a process of engaging local people with their concerns and more importantly, their ideas about how things could and should be improved.”

This week’s events will be held at the following locations and times – please note there has been a change to the original venue in Carlisle:

Date

Day

Town

Venue

Time

09/12/2015

Wednesday

Workington

The Carnegie Theatre, Finkle Street, Workington CA14 2BD

10.00 – 17:00

09/12/2015

Wednesday

Workington

(Weather permitting) “The Hub” (centre of shopping area) Steelman Walk, Workington CA14 1DX

10.00 – 17:00

11/12/2015

Friday

Carlisle

Crown and Mitre Hotel, 4 English Street, Carlisle, CA3 8HZ

10.00 – 17:00

11/12/2015

Friday

Carlisle

(Weather permitting) Outside the Old Town Hall, Greenmarket, Carlisle, Cumbria CA3 8JE

10.00 – 17:00

 

You can find out more about the West, North and East Cumbria Success Regime by visiting www.successregimecumbria.nhs.uk