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'Significant improvements' needed at Galloway Community Hospital

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NHS Dumfries and Galloway has been told it must make "significant improvements" at Galloway Community Hospital in Stranraer.

Healthcare Improvement Scotland first raised concerns about patient care and safety after an inspection in November. It's now carried out a follow up inspection and says it's failed to find significant improvements.

Concerns include a lack of support and leadership from senior management. Local MP Russell Brown says the report is "utterly damning".

The hospital first opened in September 2006, replacing both the Dalrymple Hospital and the Garrick Hospital. Twenty-six areas have been identified for improvement.

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'Outstanding' GP surgery in Wigton

The Wigton Group Medical Practice received a rating of 'outstanding' from the CQC Credit: ITV Border

A GP surgery in West Cumbria has become the first in the county to receive a rating of "outstanding" from the Care Quality Commission.

The Wigton Group Medical Practice received the highest possible rating following an inspection last november.

It is the tenth practice in the country to achieve the rating.

'No hidden agenda' in NHS Borders review

A petition against the closure of four community hospitals in the Borders gained more than 4,000 signatures Credit: ITV Border

NHS Borders has said it has no plans to close hospitals, and has no "hidden agenda" after it approved an 18-month review of its services.

A petition against any move to shut four sites in Peoples, Duns, Hawick and Kelso has gathered more than 4,000 signatures.

Spending on temporary doctors more than doubles

The Trust says the spending is necessary Credit: ITV Border

Hospitals in North Cumbria will spend an estimated £16.5 million on temporary doctors this year, which is £10 million more than three years ago.

North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust says it has been open and honest about the recruitment challenges it is faced with.

A spokeswoman for the Trust insisted the spending is an "entirely necessary measure" but local MP Jamie Reed says it's unacceptable.

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Macmillan Cancer Project now at Cleator Moor Library

People in Cleator Moor will now be able access a range of support and information about dealing with cancer at their local library.

Cleator Moor Library has been included in the Macmillan Cancer Information Library Project, making it the 19th library across Cumbria to join the scheme.

The project aims to make information about cancer more widely available to the public in a non-medical setting, and the council is pleased it has been extended.

“Since this service was launched six years ago around 4,000 books have been borrowed to help people deal with cancer. It’s a service that is appreciated greatly by people who use it and I’m thrilled to hear that another library has taken on this project.”

– Cllr Ian Stewart, Cabinet Member for Libraries
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