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Tuesday, 07 July 2015

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Millom Hospital to reopen its inpatient beds

MILLOM Community Hospital is to reopen its beds after weeks of angst in the community.

The Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust has announced they will be reopening four beds in Millom Hospital’s inpatient unit on May 19, with the remaining five to open by August.

The news comes after a successful meeting between the Trust and Copeland MP Jamie Reed which took place this morning.

The inpatient ward at Millom Hospital has been closed to new patients since April, causing rumours of closure to spread around the town.

These rumours prompted the Save Millom Community Hospital Facebook group, which amassed more than 1500 members.

A protest march which 1500 people attended started outside the hospital on Wednesday.

Today, however, the Trust have responded to the community’s fears with good news, announcing that a series of steps have allowed them to reopen the inpatient ward at the hospital.

GP cover is being redeployed from Abbey View, the step-up step-down unit run by the Trust at Furness General Hospital.

A locum GP, who started working with the Trust last week, will provide GP input to the Waterloo House practice, which will move into the Hospital on May 12.

This additional cover, along with the relocation of the GP practice, has allowed GPs from Waterloo House to safely resume medical cover into the hospital.

The medical cover at the inpatient unit will also be supported by an advanced nurse practitioner who is being deployed by the Trust from Barrow.

The doctor’s surgery has recruited a new GP partner who will start work in August. Once the new partner is in post, the entire inpatient ward will be reopened with all beds fully available.

Director of service improvement at the partnership trust Dr John Howarth said: “Since we became aware at the end of January that the GP practice could not cover the inpatient beds, we have been working extremely hard in very challenging circumstances to reopen the inpatient beds at Millom hospital.

“I’m very pleased that we now have a plan to safely reopen the beds with medical cover.

“We do apologise for the very temporary closure of the unit, however I would like to reassure the communities of Millom that we do have the best interests of our community, the safety of patients and our staff at heart at this very difficult time for all concerned.”

Mr Reed, the Clinical Commissioning Group and the Trust are to hold a public meeting in Millom on Friday May 16.

Have your say

So why has it taken so long for Cumbria Partnership to come up with this solution ? If it didn't have "other intentions" it could've supported a locum GP weeks ago which incidentally Dr Howarth would have prevented patients having to be cared for elsewhere and being far a way from "closer to home"

What are we to hear next? Is Anbey View now going to be short if cover which accommodates even sicker patients than Millom hospital ? These are not extra staff but staff moved from one area to another and personally I would interested to see what the CQC's view of this shambolic way to manage care services is ? Every other month we hear if warnings to thus Trust and yet it keeps happening ? Another Ramsey Unit scenario is not going to be safe for patients or staff

Posted by Jane on 10 May 2014 at 10:44

Power to the people!! I think the powers that be were taken aback by the strength of feeling in Millom towards the Hospital. What a turn round!!

Posted by a resident on 9 May 2014 at 20:05

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