Healthwatch Cumbria “Chatty Van” Returns

Healthwatch Cumbria’s (HWC)  “Chatty Van” will be visiting locations across Cumbria to help raise awareness of, distribute and support people to respond to the NHS consultation document, “The Future of Healthcare in West, North and East Cumbria.”

From November 1st the Van will tour locations throughout West, North and East Cumbria giving people the opportunity to collect, read and discuss this important consultation document which sets out a number of options for health service delivery.

HWC is an independent organization whose role is to ensure that people’s views and experiences of health and care services can inform service delivery and improvement. HWC staff will be on the Chatty Van to enable people to access copies of the document by whatever means they require; easy read versions will be available, as will electronic versions on iPads, to enable all users to respond to the consultation.

The times and venues for Healthwatch Cumbria’s first week of visits are:

Tuesday 1st November

  • 10am – 12 noon Carlisle Cumberland Infirmary
  • 1pm- 3 pm Brampton Moot Hall

Wednesday 2nd November

  • 10am – 12 noon Wigton Community Hospital
  • 1pm- 3 pm Maryport Community Hospital

 Thursday 3rd November

  • 10am -12 noon Workington Community Hospital
  • 1pm- 3 pm West Cumberland Hospital, Whitehaven

Friday 4th November

  • 10am-12 noon Penrith Community Hospital
  • 1pm-3 pm Alston , Spa car park


Dates and venues for the Chatty Van tour for the rest of November will be announced as soon as venues have been fully confirmed.  Some dates and times are available so that the van can respond to requests from communities for a visit.

Maryport public meeting – change of venue

At the request of community groups in Maryport, we have moved the venue of the Healthcare for the Future public consultation meeting scheduled to take place in Maryport on Wednesday 19 October.  The event will now take place at the same time (18:30-20:30) but will be held at St Mary’s Church, Maryport, CA15 6HE.

We would also like to remind people that there will be British sign language interpreters at the event for the deaf and hearing impaired, as well as hearing loops installed for those who may require this service.