One of Britain's newest Blood Bikes teams has just completed an epic transfer - from Dumfries Hospital down to Charring Cross, in London.Read the full story ›
A community hospital in Cumbria has just opened a new and improved garden therapy area.
The newly landscaped area at Wigton hospital has cost £10,000, and it's hoped it will provide an area of rest and inspiration for patients, visitors and staff. Emily Reader has this report:
Many women, and their families, experience mental health issues during and after pregnancy.
Support is available, locally, to help and guide new mothers and their families through the stress of pregnancy.
- Happy Mums Foundation - a relatively new support group, based in Carlisle
- Everyone's Business - this is the Maternal Mental Health Alliance's campaign to ensure all women who experience perinatal mental health issues get the support they need
- Maternal Mental Health Scotland - provides support and information for women in Scotland
- Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust - information about NHS mental health services in the region
- NHS information about postnatal depression.
Postnatal depression is more common than many people realise, affecting around one in 10 women after they have given birth.
The NHS says postnatal depresson tends to develop within the first six weeks of giving birth, often becoming more apparent after around six months.
Teenage mothers are at higher risk of developing postnatal depression.
The condition can go unnoticed, with many women unaware of having it.
Symptoms can include low mood, feeling unable to cope and difficulty sleeping.
More information can be found on the NHS website.
A support group in North Cumbria for women experiencing mental health issues during and after pregnancy, is trying to forge links with the NHS.
The Happy Mums Foundation hopes a recent meeting with the MP for Carlisle, will allow mothers to be directed to its services through their midwife or health visitor.
The County Council says increased funding for the Morecambe Bay Trust should be replicated throughout Cumbria.Read the full story ›
Find out what's inside the new £90 million West Cumberland Hospital.
- 169 beds
- 10 operating theatres including one that uses a laser for operations
- 162 extra parking spaces
Inside the new hospital:
- Level 2 - sterile services, pathology, pharmacy, catering
- Level 3 - a number of units including A&E and Cumbria Health on Call
- Level 4 - a number of units including operating theatres and maternity services
Inside the retained building, which is being redeveloped:
- Level 2 - mortuary, chapel, chemotherapy
- Level 3 - a number of units including cardiology and respiratory
- Level 4 - women's outpatients, day assessment area for maternity, postnatal ward and elderly care ward
- Level 5 - Copeland unit, physiotherapy, and occupational therapy
You can find the full list of services in the West Cumberland Hospital, which opens on 8 October, here.
The £90m development will open in October. Health officials say it'll improve healthcare in West Cumbria, but campaigners remain concerned.Read the full story ›
A North Tyneside fundraiser has embarked on his latest challenge to raise money for the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle.
Ivan Hollingsworth, 40, who lives in Whitley Bay, has raised more than £400,000 over the last five years for the Children's Heart Unit after his son, Sebastian, had surgery at the hospital in 2009.
He has now began his sixth coast-to-coast challenge to pay for specialist staff at the hospital's new £300,000 playroom.
Ivan and a team of riders, including staff from the Freeman Hospital, will cycle 140 miles from Whitehaven, in West Cumbria to Tynemouth.