Rosie Cooper’s campaign to give Ormskirk hospital a new lease of life has been given a major boost today by the Prime Minister. At Prime Ministers Question Time, Rosie was able to secure a commitment from the Prime Minister for a feasibility study to look at an urgent care centre at Ormskirk Hospital.
What this potentially means for local residents and Ormskirk hospital is new services being put back into the Ormskirk after a long time of losing services. The proposed study for an urgent care centre, which is not a full-blown accident and emergency service, will provide doctors and nurses carrying out primary care assessment to meet the urgent care needs of local residents.
Securing the future of health services in West Lancashire has been Rosie’s number one priority since becoming West Lancashire’s MP in May 2005. In February 2006 Rosie was joined by campaigners on Ormskirk market collecting signatures for the successful say no to hospital merger campaign. Rosie presented the 5000 name petition to Health Secretary, Patricia Hewitt later that year.
“I am absolutely delighted with the commitment from the Prime Minister that the local health service will look at the possibility of a new urgent care centre at Ormskirk hospital.”
“We have come a long way from October 2005 when we faced the threat of merger with Liverpool hospitals. In this time we have stopped the merger, reduced the debt from reaching nearly £20 million down to zero by next year, services are being transferred filling up the Ormskirk site, and a new CATS centre will improve services and increase income.”
“It is only right that local people have the best possible healthcare available on their doorstep. Ormskirk hospital is a fantastic new hospital that is under-utilised and we should make the most of this facility for the benefit of local residents.”
“If Ormskirk hospital does get an urgent care unit it means many thousands of people across West Lancashire will no longer have to pass Ormskirk Hospital on their way through to Southport. This will undoubtedly ease the traffic problems as well.”
Many people I have spoken to expressed concern that the future of Ormskirk hospital was threatened. As each month passes I am doing more to secure a strong and viable future for Ormskirk hospital with an increasing number of services being returned. Today is just the beginning of what I am sure will be a revitalised Ormskirk Hospital.”