24 January 2014, North

All systems go at Cockermouth Community Hospital and Health Centre

New facilities at Cockermouth Community Hospital are opening to the public

Cockermouth Community Hospital and Health Centre

From Monday 27 January services will begin to move into the new Cockermouth Community hospital and Health centre. The move will take place as a phased approach throughout the week.

Castlegate and Derwent GP surgeries and Castlegate Pharmacy will move in on Monday 27 and Tuesday 28, the inpatient ward will move in on the 29 and 30. All other services will move in throughout the week.

Although appointments for surgeries and clinics will be delivered from the new building from next week an official opening ceremony will not take place until later in the year.

Improved patient experience

The state of the art building provides a range of services in a calming environment with good use of natural light and colour to help guide patients.

Dr Simon Desert is the Clinical Lead GP for Cockermouth he said: “After so many years working towards this new health centre and the turmoil of the floods, the practices are looking forward to the move and new opportunities to develop health services with our colleagues from Whitehaven and Carlisle hospitals.”

Wide range of services

Derwent and Castlegate surgeries are on the first floor and between them there are 16 GP rooms and 10 nurse suites as well as consulting rooms for visiting consultants. The first floor also houses the, pharmacy and dispensary, the physiotherapy department, a GP study room, GP administration offices and a staff room.

The lower floor houses the new in-patient ward – the Isel ward. The ward has eleven individual spacious rooms for patients all of which are en-suite. Each room is decorated with a different shade of colour and all have a view over the garden area of the hospital grounds.

Also on the lower floor is an open plan office for district nurses, children’s services, midwives and therapy services, two health education rooms – for things such as ante-natal classes and also the dental surgery.

Excitment for the move

Tracey Porter is the integrated Matron for the ward she said: “Everyone is very excited about the move, but it is tinged with a little bit of sadness as well for the old building. But this has things that we just couldn’t offer in the old building – like the bath we have a specially equipped bath so we are able to offer patients more choice now. The new ward is such a lovely environment for patients and for staff.  We are very proud.”

An official opening will take place at the new building later on in the year.