29 July 2013,

NHS teams prepare for move to new 11 million Cockermouth health facility

Cockermouth’s new £11 million hospital and health centre  has been handed over to the Department of Health owned Community Health Partnership (CHP) ahead of services transferring into the new health facility later this year.

 Final work is in progress on the modern, purpose built community hospital and health centre which will include GP and dental practices and a pharmacy. The move is currently planned for Autumn 2013 and the health service providers involved are working together to develop the services whilst the final internal building, fitting and decoration work are completed.

 Dr Fayyaz Chaudhri, NHS Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) Lead GP for Allerdale said: “The new Cockermouth Hospital and Health Centre provides a joined-up-approach to health care,  which will benefit the health and wellbeing of the people in Allerdale and support the CCG’s values of ensuring our patients have access to the right healthcare, in the right place, right when you need it.”

Ann-Marie Grant, CHP Property Manager for Cockermouth Hospital said: “Cockermouth Hospital will provide the people of Cockermouth and the surrounding area with not only a very modern, purpose built health facility, but also the services to meet their health needs now and in the future.

“CHP is drawing on our organisation’s experience in public and private sector partnerships to deliver a health facility and services that support GPs, and health providers to meet the needs of their community, as patients coming to Cockermouth Hospital will see for themselves in the months and years to come.”

e.LIFT Cumbria led the development of the hospital and Robertson Construction NEE Limited the contract builders. The Head Tenancy of the building is now held by Community Health Partnerships (CHP) is wholly owned by the Department of Health. The role of CHP is to create the highest quality primary and community estate that serves the needs of local communities and contributes towards improving people’s health and wellbeing.

Community Services provided by Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust at the Cockermouth Health facility include: nine bed community inpatient ward, community nursing and rehabilitation, Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy, Podiatry, Stop Smoking Services, Continence Services, First Step, School Nursing, Health Visiting, Children’s Community Nursing, Children’s Speech and Language Therapy and Children’s Dietetics.