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Maryport hospital aims to be a centre of excellence

stethoscopeMaryport hospital continues to deliver first class care and has ambitious plans for the future.

The building works have begun to transform the hospital and bring it up to date with first class day care and rehabilitation services as well as being a pioneer for integrated care.

Zoe Larmour, Integrated Care Community Manager for Maryport and Cockermouth said: “I’m really proud of what we have achieved so far in Maryport, we have introduced services to the hospital that previously people had to travel to the West Cumberland Hospital or even further for. By doing this we have given our nursing staff the opportunity to learn new skills and develop their roles.

“We have reduced the pressure on the acute hospital services by bringing people to the hospital for treatment and also by being able to take treatments to people’s homes with the district nursing service.

“We are looking forward to bringing even more services here to help make sure that people are getting care closer to their homes and easing pressure on the main hospitals’ services.”

The nursing staff at Maryport hospital have received extra training to enable them to administer more treatments to patients such as transfusions and intravenous infusions and also to catheterise patients. This means that more services can be delivered to more people from Maryport hospital.

Zoe added: “When we were ward based we were only able to deliver treatment to the small numbers of inpatients. Now we are delivering care to an average of 38* people a week as day patients. They come to the hospital and see the same staff, they receive excellent care and they get it on their doorstep. We have increased our district nursing capacity so now an average of 34* patients receive home visits every week.

“The rehabilitation team are also working in partnership with the GP surgery to help support patients who we know are more at risk of falls. By giving advice and support early we will reduce the number of people who suffer from falls and help keep people independent and mobile.

“We are also looking to expand the services that we deliver and we are currently in talks with the hospital staff at the West Cumberland hospital to look at the options for offering pre- operative assessments and respiratory care from Maryport hospital.”

Building work started at the hospital recently to knock walls down and create the space that is needed to deliver more services and to make the area a welcoming and calm area for patients to receive their treatment. It is expected that the work will be completed by the summer.

*Average number of patients who received care from January and February 2019

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