Achievements so Far…

Since the meeting in June 2014 at which the care providers agreed to work with the community we have:

  • [July 2014] Re-opened the hospital ward
  • [July 2014] Produced an innovative recruitment video with local school children for more GP’s which helped in the recruitment of 3 part time doctors (a 4th joining)
  • [July 2014] Distributed leaflets on how to use health services correctly at Millom carnival
  • [July 2014] Co-opted a shop window in Millom to run health promotion messages and updates
  • [July/ Aug 2014] Undertaken a survey to understand the public priorities in healthcare in Millom
  • [Sept 2014] Provided a keynote speech at CPFT annual members meeting
  • [Oct 2014] Upgraded the X-ray facility at the hospital
  • [Oct 2014] Created a new newspaper ‘Around the Combe’ full of health promotion messages
  • [Dec 2014] Successful joint Millom Alliance/CLIC bid for a £20k grant in to the North West Leadership Academy dragons den pitch to develop an out of hospital leadership programme
  • [Jan 2015] Placed the first advanced community paramedic in the North West in Millom, fully integrated with the clinical team
  • [Jan 2015] Created capacity to support more patients requiring intravenous treatment in the community
  • [Ongoing] Developed a sustained care home support scheme
  • [Jan 2015] Successful £28k bid to Health Education England North West for Telehealth equipment
  • [Jan 2015] Dedicated a nurse one day a week to work with the action group mobilising the community for health and wellbeing
  • [Feb 2015] Purchase of St Georges Hall completed to enable demolition and creation of car park for the hospital
  • [Feb 2015] Created a poster to help the community access the most appropriate source of help
  • [March 2015] Presented at the Kings Fund conference in London in March – taking a joint team of GP practice, CPFT, UHMBT, NWAS and the community group
  • [March 2015] This was £995,000 obtained in principle from NHS England for new GP premises
  • [April 2015] Identified video consulting equipment to link Millom up to A&E at FGH and also to CHOC
  • [April/ May 2015] Worked with local schools on a series of plays around using health services
  • [On-going] Whole town initiative to carry organ donor cards
  • [June 2015] A Care Navigator role was introduced to support patients within the community whilst providing social interventions for those at risk of poor health
  • [July 2015] A Case Manager role was introduced to help support patients with long term health conditions
  • [July 2015] The Millom Alliance won the Local Community Initiative Award at the UK Public Sector Communication Awards for their GP’s for Millom campaign video
  • [September 2015] The new car park at Millom Hospital was completed
  • [October 2015] The Millom Alliance hosted a public meeting to provide health service updates to the community within and around Millom
  • [October 2015] Reminiscence software which provides memory therapy for dementia and neurology patients was installed at Millom hospital.
  • [April 2016] The Millom Health Action Group set up the Millom Bereavement Group offering support to local people who have lost a loved one
  • [March 2016] The Millom Health Action Group launched a new type two diabetes support group called ‘2s R Us’
  • [May 2016] The Millom Health Action Group launched the ‘Hope and Cope’  friendship group to support people with chronic, debilitating or long term conditions
  • [May 2016] The Millom Health Action Group launched Autism Around the Combe which involved meetings offering support and knowledge.
  • [May 2016] The Millom Parents and Carers Disability group hosted a person centred planning session to encourage locals to ensure that children and young people are at the centre of their planning
  • [May 2016] The Millom Health Action Group and Millom’s community paramedic have worked together to secure two brand new defibrillators for the town
  • [May 2016] Launch of an Information Technology link between Millom GP surgery and the A&E department at Furness General Hospital allowing two way consultations between the two sites
  • [May 2016] Millom Community Hospital awarded the national community hospital integration and innovation award
  • [July 2016] Virtual out of hours GP appointments became available by a state of the art video link between Millom Community Hospital and Cumbria Health on Call (CHOC).
  • [July 2016] Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust joined the Waterloo House GP practice as partners
  • [August 2016] The use of video consultations within mental health clinics were successfully piloted between Barrow in Furness and Millom
  • [October 2016] Launch of a Telehealth link connecting Haverigg prison and Furness General Hospital to reduce the number of journeys out of the prison for healthcare.