MP: ‘Super hospital’ idea good on paper

The Royal Lancaster Infirmary.
The Royal Lancaster Infirmary.

The MP for Morecambe and Lunesdale has welcomed a proposal for a Morecambe Bay ‘super hospital’.

David Morris said an idea to put services in North Lancashire and South Cumbria into one single large hospital was a good one “on paper”.

But Mr Morris stressed things were at a very early stage and that the Royal Lancaster Infirmary (RLI) A&E department would not be closing.

“A super A&E at the side of the motorway at Carnforth, I think that would be a 
marvellous idea,” said Mr Morris. “But would it work? I think it will only be a viable option once the link road is built as ambulances would be able to get there quicker than they can now through Lancaster. If the infrastructure is there then yes, but I think we’re talking 10 years from now.”

Mr Morris today put a Parliamentary question to the Department of Health asking for the latest on the proposal.

The idea for a ‘super hospital’ came out of a Better Care Together review of health services in North Lancashire and South Cumbria held by the University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust and clinical commissioning groups. Several options are being looked at, including keeping services the same, putting most services into one single large hospital, or having a large hospital in one area supported by smaller ones elsewhere. The trust currently runs three hospitals, the RLI, Westmorland General at Kendal and Furness General in Barrow. Westmorland and Lonsdale MP Tim Farron has also backed the move but John Woodcock, MP for Barrow, said centralisation was “a cause for concern”.