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Second Meeting of West Cumbria Community Forum, 13th February 2015

Community representatives and NHS to work together on public information to describe services at redeveloped West Cumberland Hospital

A group involving representatives from the local community and from NHS organisations have agreed to work together on public information to describe the services that will be available in the redeveloped West Cumberland Hospital.

This was decided at the second meeting of the West Cumbria Community Forum which took place at the Copeland Centre on Friday 13 February.

The forum which is chaired by the Archdeacon of West Cumberland, the Venerable Dr Richard Pratt and facilitated by Healthwatch Cumbria was set up late last year to make sure that people in West Cumbria are properly engaged in any discussions about health and care developments.

Last week’s meeting was attended by around 30 representatives from the local NHS, parish, district and county councils, community and voluntary sector and other local groups. Copeland MP, Jamie Reed was also in attendance.

Discussions included what community representatives would like to see in the redeveloped hospital, transport arrangements including for emergency calls, the transport available to take patients to routine health appointments and the availability of public transport and about how better trust could be built between NHS organisations and local people.

Following the discussion about services in the redeveloped hospital there were comments from community representatives that local people need more information about the services to be available in the redeveloped hospital and that this should be available in easy to understand language. It was agreed that representatives from the community and NHS would work together on such information between now and the next meeting on 20 March.

David Blacklock, chief executive of Healthwatch Cumbria said:

“We covered a lot of ground in the meeting which I hope was helpful for both the NHS and community representatives. Our discussions included the need for better communication about the services to be available in the redeveloped hospital. We are hoping that the work that will take place over the next few weeks will help organisations to provide more meaningful descriptions of the services that will be available.”

Please see below for more detailed notes from the meeting.

Appendix 2 WCCF Agenda February 2015

Notes from WCCF 13th February 2015 Final