4. Lancashire & South Cumbria

What does the STP mean for your area?

Health planners are trying to reduce NHS deficits and think about ways to re organise care. However getting the large deficits under control could prevent facilities being developed that can cope with the health and care social needs of local people.

Proposed cuts

Possible downgrading or closure of Southport and Formby District General Hospital A&E department.

Closure of GP-led walk-in centre at Accrington Victoria Hospital.

Possible downgrading or closure of the A&E at Chorley hospital site. This has been denied, but rumours persist.

Lack of investment

In Lancashire and South Cumbria alone, it is estimated a staggering £264m capital is needed to deliver the STP projects. The government has promised £10m - £30m of new funding to modernise mental health facilities and improve A&E facilities at two of the area’s hospitals.

Changes in who organises our care

In June 2017, Simon Stevens announced that Blackpool and Fylde coast area is to be an Accountable Care System, with this model of care spreading to the entire Lancashire and South Cumbria STP at a later date.