The number of patients having surgery at the new £90m West Cumberland Hospital in Whitehaven has increased by 25% so far this year.
Bosses say plans are in place to further increase the number of procedures the hospital delivers.
Junior Doctors in the region will be on strike today as part of a national dispute about changes in their contract.
Cumbria NHS bosses say they have plans in place to make sure patients aren't put at risk.
Dr David Rogers, Medical Director for NHS Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group and lead for the North Cumbria System Resilience Group, said:
Our first priority is patient safety and NHS organisations in Cumbria have tried and tested contingency plans in place. We would urge everyone to ensure they use the right service for their needs.
They're also urging people to think carefully before going to hospital, and to use the NHS website, the 111 phone number or visit a pharmacist instead.
The amount of Junior Doctors who work in Cumbrian services are as follows:
- 99 Royal Lancaster Infirmary (UHMBT)
- 51 Furness General Hospital (UHMBT)
- 20 Cumbria Partnership Foundation Trust (CPFT)
- 9 West Cumberland Hospital (NCUHT)
- 92 Cumberland Infirmary Carlisle (NCUHT)
These figures are not necessarily the amount of Junior Doctors who are on strike, but industrial action was voted for by a considerable majority.
As the number of 999 calls made increases, the North West Ambulance Service is urging people not to call about minor ailments.
On Monday 8 February 2016, there was a 22 percent rise in calls, and a 24 percent rise in life threatening 'red' calls, compared to the same time last year.
- One person in Cumbria called at 9pm to complain that they had cut their forehead in the morning, and might need stitches
Other time-wasting calls in the North West included someone from Cheshire saying they had cut their toenail and that the toe was hurting, and a caller from Merseyside who said they had "had the runs" all day.
All of these callers were advised to seek advice elsewhere.
We are here to come to the aid of people who are in urgent need but are consistently called for ailments such as these which we can’t deal with. Because of the sheer volume of calls, patients who really need us are waiting longer than they should do and our crews find this deeply frustrating.
Our message to the public is that if your call is not urgent, it would make more sense to seek advice elsewhere before calling.”
Vulnerable expectant mothers in the Scottish Borders are set to benefit from a new project, which pairs them with trained mum and baby mentors.
Nurture the Borders CIC has been awarded just over £9000 from the Communities and Families Fund for the Mum Mentoring pilot scheme.
The money is provided by a grant from the Big Lottery Fund, and the aim of the project is to:
- Help improve the health and well-being of mums and babies
- Promote healthy lifestyle choices and access to services
- Help to increase rates and duration of breastfeeding
- Increase access to community support and reduce isolation
- Move mums away from dependency by supporting them to become confident and independent mums
- Develop a mentoring support model that can be rolled out across the Scottish Borders
Pregnancy and becoming a new mum is not always easy, but with support the journey can be a lot better.
In our new project, trained Mum Mentors will offer free practical and emotional support to new mums and mums-to-be who need additional support for various reasons.
The mentors will work with the mothers during pregnancy and birth, and during the baby’s first few months.”
Nurture the Borders was founded by a group of mothers in the Scottish Borders.
You can find out more about the scheme here.
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Expectant mums in the Borders will be part of a new programme aimed at making their pregnancies safer.
NHS Borders has been chosen to be part of a £1.5million scheme to identify ante-natal risks as early as possible.
The benefits of this will be that the women will have a good and safe assessment of their ante-natal period and they will have a safe pregnancy and a good outcome and a healthy baby at the end of it.
Expectant mums attending NHS Borders will be part of a new programme to make their pregnancies safer.
The local health authority has been chosen to be part of a one point five million pound scheme to identify ante-natal risks as early as possible.
The benefits of this will be that the women will have a good and safe assessment of their ante-natal period and they will have a safe pregnancy and a good outcome and a healthy baby at the end of it."