West Cumbrian patients to be transferred to Carlisle
Published at 15:00, Thursday, 05 September 2013
Major changes to high-risk surgery have been announced by the trust in charge of Carlisle and Whitehaven hospitals.
North Cumbria University NHS Hospitals Trust has revealed that from tomorrow, all out of hours – that is evening and weekend – patients who need complex surgery, such as appendectomies, will no longer be operated on at the West Cumberland Hospital in Whitehaven.
Instead, they will be transferred to Carlisle's Cumberland Infirmary for surgery.
This is the first step in a phased overhaul, which will see all high-risk surgery taking place in Carlisle from October 1.
The trust said the decision was made as part of urgent improvements being implemented in the wake of the damning Keogh report, published in July.
The changes are supported by the NHS Trust Development Authority (TDA) and NHS Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).
A spokeswoman for the trust said: “By focusing dedicated and permanent surgical teams on one site in Carlisle, which is also a dedicated trauma unit, will also help to reduce the chance of any ongoing complications and provide better continuity of care for any patients across north Cumbria needing high risk surgery.
“By expanding this service on one site, available 24 hours a day, seven days per week, for high risk surgical patients, we can ensure our patients have a clinical review sooner and access theatre quicker.
“It has been clinically proven that this will not only improve the outcome for our patients but will also reduce mortality rates, something we know the public expect us to do.”
A new surgical admissions unit has already opened at the Cumberland Infirmary to ensure patients who require immediate surgical intervention are triaged and treated as quickly as possible in an emergency.
This new system is said to already be working well and helping to ease pressure on A&E as high risk surgical patients are admitted straight to a dedicated surgical unit.
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Yet another nail in the coffin of West Cumbria. We could sail patients from the wonderful Whitehaven Marina to Silloth and then transfer by ambulance to Carlisle Infirmary. Probably be a more comfortable journey than the A595, only problem is it would have to be when the tide is in!
Reduce Mortality Rates?
We shall see! Given previous statistics surgical or otherwise, neither hospital would give me confidence.As Mr Dehbar says "Heaven help us all"
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