Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Hospital Open Days - and Demonstration !

Public open days will be held tomorrow and on Saturday to allow people a glimpse inside the brand new £90 million West Cumberland Hospital in Whitehaven in advance of opening its doors to patients on Monday 5 October 2015.
    
Both events will also be attended by members of staff who will be on hand to answer any queries about their new departments. The hospital will be open to the public as follows:
  • Thursday 24 September 2015 – 10.00am-1.00pm (last entry 12.30pm)
  • Saturday 26 September 2015 – 10.00am-1.00pm (last entry 12.30pm)
The open days will allow members of the public the chance to see what the new single en-suite patient rooms look like as well as some departments such as the new Accident and Emergency Department, Outpatients and Maternity.
    
There is no need to book a place and entry will be through the existing main hospital entrance on level 3 where the new hospital can be accessed next to Fairfield ward. Please note there will no alternative access points to the new hospital. Staff will be present to direct people and the Trust’s newly appointed meet and greet volunteers will also be on hand to greet visitors and help familiarise them with the site. Refreshments will be for sale during the open days in the new restaurant.

There will also be a demonstration outside the hospital to coincide with the open day, calling for  emergency surgery to be brought back to the Whitehaven hospital and for 24-hour consultant-led maternity services to remain.

Siobhan Gearing, campaign leader, says she is organising the demonstration outside the hospital tomorrow (24th September) starting at 10 am. Meet at the bus stop at 10 am if you want to take part.

Whether you can attend the demonstration, open day, or both, #SupportOption1 if you want to keep consultant-led maternity at West Cumberland Hospital and indeed also at FGH in Barrow.

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