Millom’s Healthcare model is ‘the envy of the nation’!

The Millom Alliance recently hosted a public meeting to provide health service updates to the community within and around Millom.

Jamie Reed MP, chaired the meeting and summed up his feelings saying:

 “The work in Millom is nation leading - It is frankly enviable”

The meeting highlighted improvements over the past year of partnership work including reductions in the number of local people moving out of the town for healthcare such as outpatient appointments and for emergency admission.

Dr Paul Grout, Clinical Director for Acute Medicine, University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation explained:

“In order to meet the needs of the local population a number of support mechanisms have been put in place including a telemedicine link to Furness General Hospital so that we can provide advice and guidance to staff in Millom.”

Dr Charlotte Hattersley, local GP explained:

“In the circumstances, we have to work differently so that everyone receives the right care, by the right person, at the right place and at the right time.”

Over 100 people gathered in the Palladium in Millom to ask health professionals from the Millom Alliance questions about the town’s continuous health care developments, on-going challenges and future plans.

Answering a question about how out of hours care can be improved Rick Shaw, Sector Manager for North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust explained:

“We are in the process of changing the way we work in order to provide more care closer to home. We are upskilling staff and accessing alternative services in the community so we are able to help people locally without having to take them to Furness General.”

Representatives of Millom Health Action Group described some of the projects they have been working on to enhance health locally including health week in local schools, arranging a local park run, the donor community initiative and the community magazine ‘Around the Combe’.

It was explained that as a result of the great work that has taken place within the town, Millom is now influencing the Morecambe Bay strategy ‘Better care together’ as one of the vanguard sites developing new care models. This in turn will help support Millom to develop its healthcare model further.

Linda Johns from Millom showed her appreciation for the work the Alliance has done saying:

“Since the March the improvements have been unbelievable, on behalf of the town I’d like to say thank you.”