31 July 2014, North

Professor Sir Bruce Keogh to officially open Cockermouth Community Hospital & Health Centre

Professor Sir Bruce Keogh, National Medical Director of NHS England, will officially open Cockermouth Community Hospital & Health Centre on Friday 15th August.

Joining Sir Keogh at the event will be Dr Sue O'Connell, Chief Executive of Community Health Partnerships (who are head tenant of this new integrated health care facility).

Leading example of the 'one NHS' vision

Dr John Howarth, Director of Service Improvement for Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, said:

“We are delighted that Professor Sir Bruce Keogh will be opening Cockermouth’s new state-of-the-art Community Hospital & Health Centre. The GPs worked from portable cabins for over four years after the devastating floods of 2009. I am really pleased that the people of Cockermouth now have such a good facility for generations to come.

“I am sure that Sir Bruce will agree that this building is a leading example of the ‘one NHS’ vision and that it will be able to meet the health and wellbeing needs of the community for many years .”

Working together for the good of the community

Services from across health organisations in Cumbria are co-located in the new building in order to improve access for the local community and enable multiple NHS organisations to work closely together.  These organisations include GPs, Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust.

Legacy of the League of Friends

Cockermouth Community Hospital League of Friends have contributed invaluably to the local community through their support of the Community Hospital & Health Centre and, without them, the building would not have been possible.

A spokesman for Cockermouth Community Hospital League of Friends said:

“We have been supporting Cockermouth’s Community Hospital since 1953 – originally, we were The League of Friends of the Cockermouth Cottage Hospital. We are proud that we could contribute to the creation of the new building and have been well supported by all the service organisations in the town.

“The original founders of the League of Friends purchased the land the new building resides on in the 1950’s and we gladly leased this to the NHS for 103 years. Going forward, we will continue to fundraise and work with hospital management to provide further equipment which will benefit the new Community Hospital & Health Centre.”

Fiona Tibbitts, Building Manager at Cockermouth Community Hospital & Health Centre, said:

“We are really impressed by the new building. The extensive facilities we have here enable staff to provide a variety of high quality services to the local community.  We are very pleased that the Cockermouth & District Civic Trust has recognised the design qualities of the building and will be presenting an award during the official opening.”

Health Fair will showcase new services

The new £11m building opened to the public in January this year and Sir Bruce will lead the celebration day in August.  Following the official opening there will be a Health Fair from 1:30pm – 5pm, during which members of the public can drop-in and find out about the services available and meet the teams behind them.