Introduction to First Newsletter - Winter 2018
Pauline Stuart, Manager, Cumbria Medical Services NHS
Welcome to the first edition of our newsletter. We hope you will find it useful, informative and a good way of keeping up to date with the services we offer and the venues we operate from. It will also provide a platform for sharing ideas to help us to improve the service we offer to the people of Cumbria.
Prior to the development of Cumbria Medical Services in July 2013, Dr White and Dr Chaudhri worked as full time GPs in a large practice in West Cumbria. With years of dermatology and surgery experience behind them, they set up a GP with extended role (GPwER) dermatology and minor skin surgery service on a small scale in 2008 for the population of West Cumbria. This quickly became popular with GPs and patients alike, with short waiting times and excellent patient feedback and it soon became apparent there was a demand for this type of service.
In July 2013 they took a giant leap of faith and left their practice in order to devote more time to developing and expanding the community service, thereby giving more people the chance to access care closer to home. In the past 4 years we have grown considerably and now see approximately 1,500 patients every month.
We offer a range of surgical procedures all performed under local anaesthetic, including hernia repair, no scalpel vasectomy, carpal tunnel and trigger finger release and diagnostic skin surgery as well as dermatology and ophthalmology services.