West Lancashire MP, Rosie Cooper, is delighted to announce that Ormskirk Hospital is to get an Urgent Care Centre that is expected to be open in 2008. This announcement will help revitalise the local hospital that only two years was faced with merger and mounting debts.
Back in April Rosie secured a commitment from the Prime Minister for a feasibility study to look at providing an urgent care centre on the Ormskirk Hospital site. She asked a further question of new Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, on how the matter was progressing.
The Urgent Care Centre will be a GP-led facility, based on the hospital site that will provide more local care and treatment for patients requiring urgent care. Currently the work, led by local PCTs and involving local GPs and the NHS Trust, is focussing on identifying those needs that could be better met at such a facility, and safeguards to ensure that services are clinically safe and appropriate.
“I am delighted that Ormskirk will be getting an urgent care centre. It is only right that local people have improved access to health services on their doorstep. For too long Ormskirk hospital, which is a fantastic facility, has been under-utilised. It will mean many local residents will no longer have to pass Ormskirk hospital on their way through to Southport.”
“As I understand it the plans are progressing well and I have been able to ascertain the centre is expected to open in 2008. The new facility will provide a significant enhancement of local services to meet a wider range of urgent care needs and will work extended hours.”
“The future of Ormskirk Hospital is one of growing strength and security. It has been one of my top priorities to secure and improve vital health services that will serve the needs of local residents. I believe we are in a much stronger position today than for many years.”
Q7.  Rosie Cooper (West Lancashire) (Lab): My right hon. Friend has spoken often of his commitment to improving patients’ access to NHS services. Does he have any further information on plans to develop services on the Ormskirk site of the Southport and Ormskirk hospital, with special
The Prime Minister: I appreciate the work that my hon. Friend does as a local MP in pushing for an improvement to health services in her area. There will be a statement in a few minutes from the Secretary of State for Health, who will be outlining the Government’s plans to improve primary care services, personal care services in hospitals, investment in future health care and the treatment of diseases, and to make sure that the health service in this country is best for cure and best for care for all the people of the country.