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New Elderly Care Consultant Brings New Ambition To West Cumberland Hospital

A new elderly care consultant has joined the medical team at West Cumberland Hospital in Whitehaven.

Dr Joanna Cox started with North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust on 3 March 2014 and is already putting plans in place to develop elderly care services in West Cumbria.

Dr Cox has relocated from Newcastle where she worked at North Tyneside General Hospital, part of North Cumbria’s ‘buddy’ Trust, Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust. Joanna worked at Northumbria for 14 years and was instrumental in the opening of the Kielder Unit in North Tyneside – a specialist rehabilitation inpatient facility which looks after confused elderly patients suffering from either delirium or dementia.

Joanna is now looking for a new challenge and after getting a taste of life in Cumbria last summer when she spent a month working at the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle, she decided to make the move across to West Cumbria. Dr Cox said: “I am very happy to be here and I am looking forward to working in West Cumberland Hospital and developing and improving services for frail older people in West Cumbria.

“My aim is to work with our partners in the wider health economy to develop our service, attract new medical staff to the area, promote co-ordination of compassionate care for older people and make services more resilient. We need to link in with GPs, community hospitals and social care in order to ensure we are managing the needs of our patients effectively and efficiently.”

With a special interest in orthogeriatrics, Dr Cox will be helping the Trust to achieve the government’s best practice standards when looking after people who have suffered a hip fracture. When hip fracture patients undergo surgery in the Cumberland Infirmary and are transferred back to West Cumberland Hospital for further care and rehabilitation, they will be under the care of an orthopaedic surgeon and Dr Cox.

Dr Cox commented: “Along with the team, I have huge ambitions for our services here – it may time some time to realise our ambitions but with the support of the local community and our health partners, we will get there. The opening of the new hospital next spring is a hugely important milestone for healthcare in West Cumbria and for our Trust and now is a very exciting time to be part of North Cumbria.”