21 August 2014, North

Cockermouth Community Hospital officially opened

Cockermouth’s new £11 million community hospital was official opened last week by Professor Sir Bruce Keogh, NHS England Medical Director.

Joining members of the public and other key partners including eLIFT Cumbria and the Cockermouth League of Friends was Dr Sue O’Connell (pictured below), Chief Executive of Community Health Partnerships (the hospital’s head tenant) who proudly confirmed CHP’s commitment to supporting the Cumbria Health Economy to address its financial and clinical challenges by working to align the estate with new service delivery models.

Speaking at the event, Dr O’Connell said: “The Cockermouth Community Hospital embodies the concept of the ‘one NHS’ vision and is a leading example of how co-locating health services can greatly improve access for the local community.”

Promoting an integrated healthcare model

Touring around the building, she praised how the sitepromotes collaborative working between the different departments, through the use of flexible, multi-functional, spaces; reflecting the aspiration to promote an integrated healthcare model” and acknowledged how “the building symbolises local people working together to address some of the real difficulties of remoteness from hospital sites.”

Keith Hodgson, Project Manager for NHS Property Services – who were responsible for supporting the overall project management and heading up tenant liaison – added that the Cockermouth development is a project that “both NHS Property Services and CHP can be very proud of.”

Engaging with the local community

Following the official speeches and tour of the building, members of the public were encouraged to explore the hospital site and find out more about the services available and the teams behind them at a specially organised Community Health Fair.

Dr Sue O'Connell, speaking at the opening event

Staff at showcasing their services at the Community Health Fair

Dr Sue O'Connell, speaking at the opening event

Staff at showcasing their services at the Community Health Fair

Cockermouth Community Hospital embodies the concept of the ‘one NHS’ vision and is a leading example of how co-locating health services can greatly improve access for the local community.

Dr Sue O'Connell, CHP Chief Executive