West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper has secured three months interim funding for vital support services for patients suffering with COPD and Bronchiectasis for West Lancashire residents.
West Lancashire patients being treated in Southport Hospital for these conditions were unable to access the service yet their neighbours in Southport could. Following complaints MP Rosie met with the Southport and Ormskirk Hospital Trust and Central Lancashire Primary Care Trust to resolve this problem.
Rosie Cooper was able to secure three months interim funding for West Lancashire residents to receive the service whilst GPs and the Hospital Trust put in place improved care pathways which will ensure in future West Lancashire patients are not hit by this daft postcode lottery.
West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper said:
“It is unacceptable when two patients next to each other in hospital both being treated for the same condition and one patient receives certain services that the other patient doesn’t just because of where they live.
“I am pleased that the hospital trust and the primary care trust have managed to come to an arrangement to fund the scheme for West Lancashire whilst we get the services future sorted out. My priority is that the patients who need this service should have access to it.”