West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper was shocked and very concerned when in September Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust announced that it would not be accepting any new patients into its Breast Care Services. Instead West Lancashire residents would have to access services at neighbouring hospitals, such as Aintree and Wigan Hospitals.
Since the announcement MP Rosie has been in contact with West Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Group and met with the chief executive of Southport and Ormskirk Hospitals.
Currently negotiations and plans for the future of service provision are under way, whilst MP Rosie, a member of the Parliamentary Health Select Committee, has also written to the Health Secretary and NHS England.
Rosie recently attended a drop-in public event in Burscough organised by West Lancashire CCG for breast care service patients to give their views on the service.
She is continuing to push for local access and to ensure the quality of this service is maintained for West Lancashire residents requiring breast care services.
MP Rosie said:
“As I have previously said having breast care services delivered locally would always be my preference. Unfortunately the national shortage of radiologists is preventing Southport and Ormskirk Hospital from providing this service.
“In speaking to a number of patients at the drop-in event, they were very clear on just how important it is for them to still have access to breast care locally.
“I welcome West Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Group’s commitment to listening to patients and the public as they are the people who use and rely on these services. I would encourage people to get involved and have their say. By doing so they can help other West Lancashire residents if they need to use this service.”
The next event will take place Saturday 28 February 2pm -; 4pm in the Older Peoples Club in Burscough and residents can drop in at a time to suit them, any time between 2pm and 4pm.
If anyone would like to find out more about the event, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01695 588 000.