The Formation of the Millom Alliance


  • waterloo houseIn May 2014 the general practice in Millom was in crisis due to a severe lack of doctors. This led to the closure of the Waterloo House Surgery and the GP surgery moved into outpatient facilities at Millom hospital.



  • Millom Health Action GroupBy April 17th there had been no admissions into Millom hospital in 9 weeks which led the public to believe that the hospital was going to close. Consequently a Facebook campaign was created which had over 1400 Facebook followers by May 2nd.



  • Newspaper Cutting Dont Close Millom HospitalA month later it was revealed that the hospital inpatient ward was due to close temporarily due to added strain caused by the additional GP surgery.


  • Millom March 2014In order to highlight the importance of the services, the community came together and 2500 people marched through the streets of Millom.


  • Better Care Together LogoThe practice requested help from Cumbria Partnership Foundation Trust and University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay Foundation Trust.



  • Millom Alliance LogoCommunity groups were invited to join an innovative project to create the first multi-speciality ‘Alliance’ practice in Cumbria – a partnership between GPs, the community trust, acute trust, social care, ambulance trust and the community. At a meeting with Jamie Reed MP, the NHS and Millom stakeholders on June 6th the Millom Alliance was formed.


The Millom Alliance Planned:

  • To re-open the 9 bed hospital ward to admissions and ensure a future for Millom hospital
  • To work on behalf of Millom to secure NHS funding to build an appropriate extension to the existing hospital providing facilities and space for services commensurate with the needs of Millom
  • To work with the NHS on the clinical design and delivery of NHS service level that is sustainable within the framework and budgets of the NHS but working very much to the principles of bringing services and patient care where ever possible ‘closer to home’
  • To deliver a greater level of out of hours care with GP 7*7 as priority