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UHMBT to host free talk to help people ‘Think! Why A&E?’

[U]niversity Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust (UHMBT) is hosting a free talk for the public, focused on how they can access the best help and support for them and help relieve pressure on local health services.

The free educational talk is part of a series of sessions the Trust is re-launching for members of the public about topics of interest, and will take place on 26 April at 6pm in the Lecture Theatre at Furness General Hospital (FGH).

The public talk will feature the following speakers:

  • Ben Merriman, Clinical Community Pharmacist and member of Cumbria Local Pharmaceutical Committee
  • Dr Paul Grout, Consultant in Emergency Care at FGH and UHMBT Deputy Medical Director
  • Geoff Jolliffe, local GP and Morecambe Bay Clinical Commissioning Group’s lead GP

Dr Paul Grout, UHMBT, said: “We understand that it can be confusing for people with various health services available and it can be hard to know what to do for the best. That is why we want to talk to the public in more detail about the services available and how they can help with various injuries, illnesses and symptoms to help local people make the right choice.

“This isn’t about telling people they shouldn’t go to A&E, their GP or local pharmacy; it’s about helping them to understand whether there is another healthcare service that could help them quicker and ensure they get the right treatment from the right person at the right time.”

Aaron Cummins, Chief Executive, UHMBT, said: “At our Annual Members’ Meeting last year, members of the public told us that they would like us to start hosting free talks on areas of interest again, and suggested that the subject of where to get the best help when they aren’t feeling well or are injured would be a great start, so I’m pleased that we are hosting our first talk on 2018/19 on this subject.

“We hope to see as many members of the public at the talks as possible, and those that do attend can also sign up to be a Member of the Trust, which means they can stay up to date with what is happening at the Trust and receive special invites to various events and talks.

“We are in the process of planning further talks across our Trust over this next year, and would love to hear from the public about any specific areas of interest that they would like to see us cover in a future talk. We want to make sure these talks cover areas that really matter to local people so please get in touch.”

For more information or to book a place on the ‘THINK! WHY A&E?’ talk, members of the public can book online at:, call 01229 404473 or email [email protected].

If you would like to become a Member of the Trust, complete the online form at, or contact the Membership Office on the above details. More information on the benefits of becoming a member can be found on the Trust’s website at

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