Wigton and Solway residents urged to comment on health and care proposals by the end of December

Residents of the Wigton and Solway area are being asked to share their views on the current health and care proposals for their area.

The proposals have been developed by the Solway Alliance, NHS staff who work in the area, people who have used the services and other health and care services. They outline how health and care services can be delivered to the residents of Wigton and Solway following the decision to close inpatient beds at the hospital.

Last week more than 50 local people came along to hear about the proposals in Wigton at an event organised by the Solway Alliance. Local people had the opportunity to look at the proposed health and care plans, provide feedback and speak to members of the Solway Alliance.  A number of other local representatives also came along to provide information on support available in the area, including: The Community Falls Prevention Team, Public Health, Age UK West Cumbria, West Cumbria Carers and Allerdale Borough Council.

Emma Russell, Urgent Care Lead North, Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, who has been helping to develop the plans said:

“It was great to meet and speak with so many local people from the Wigton area and hear their thoughts on the health and care proposals. We will be looking at all the feedback and urge others to get in touch with their comments and ideas so we can address any concerns and build the plan with more local support.”

Eveline Dugdale, from Wigton and part of the Solway Alliance who has played a key role in the plans adds:

“We have worked very hard to develop these plans in the Wigton and Solway area; they offer a different way of working and offer a good framework for health and care services to be delivered. The plans have a focus on providing care in the community and avoiding hospital admission as much as possible but we have managed to secure a number of beds at Inglewood care home for those who require them. I would ask all local people to read the plans and send in their feedback so we can make sure we can provide the services that will meet the needs of our local community.”

You can view a summary of the proposals on North Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group’s website. There is also a short video that summarises the proposals.

Residents are asked to give their feedback by the end December so that any changes to the current proposals can be considered.

Feedback can be sent to the communications.helpdesk@cumbria.nhs.uk

Or write to:

Health and care proposal feedback

Voreda House
Portland Place
Penrith
Cumbria
CA11 7QQ

Let us know:

  • What do you like?
  • What do you not like?
  • What do you need more information on?
  • Any other suggestions?

Or feedback can be submitted via an online survey.