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A series of events to listen to concerns and views on healthcare in north Cumbria got underway today.
NHS managers are writing a five year plan for services in Allerdale, Copeland, Carlisle and Eden. They say they're keen to hear what people want from their health service.
Finola Miles reports:
Confirmed NHS roadshows:
- Wednesday 16 April - 10am - 2pm Market, Pow Street, Workington
- Thursday 17 April - 10am - 2pm Market, Criffle Street, Silloth
- Saturday 26 April - 10am - 1.30pmFarmers' Market, Market Place, Brampton
- Frday 2 May - 10am - 2pm Farmers' Market, English Street, Carlisle
- Thursday 15 May 10am to 2pm Moot Hall, Area Market, Keswick
- Saturday 17 May - 10am to 2pm Market Place, Whitehaven
- Tuesday 20 May - 10am to 2pm Farmers' Market, Clock Tower, Penrith
- Monday 26 May 10am to 2pm Bank Holiday Plant Market, Wilkinson Car Park, Cockermouth
Events are still to be arranged at Maryport and Wigton.
A series of meetings about the future of healthcare in the region begins today.
Health bosses are currently writing a five-year plan designed to give people better services across Allerdale, Copeland, Carlisle and Eden.
North Cumbrian health organisations are launching a public consultation to gauge opinion of the NHS.
Findings from people living in Allerdale, Copeland, Carlisle and Eden will help inform a five year plan to improve the county's NHS.
The plan, which is currently being drafted, will build on a range of developments already in place to provide better health services.
The Trust has had a difficult few years. A few days ago three junior doctors were removed from their posts at the West Cumberland Hospital because there weren't enough senior staff to support them. Staff shortages have previously been criticised and the Trust has also dealt with financial issues.
The Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust is working with the hospitals under a 'buddy' system of support. A planned takeover is currently on hold after the Cumbrian Trust was put into special measures. A £90 million redevelopment of the Whitehaven site is due to be completed later this year.
– Dr Jeremy Rushmer, Medical Director, North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust
The Trust is entering a very exciting phase of development, delivering our safety and quality improvements and working very closely with our official buddy trustNorthumbria Healthcare.There can be no denying the historical problems we have faced with recruitment but we are genuinely excited about the opportunities which lie ahead, especially with the new West Cumberland Hospital opening and the overall positive direction which the organisation is now taking.
A worldwide hunt is underway to recruit staff for two Cumbrian hospitals. The troubled North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust which runs the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle and West Cumberland Hospital in Whitehaven needs to hire dozens of Consultants, Doctors and Nurses.
The recruitment drive is being dubbed 'Looking for a fresh start' with hospital bosses hoping to attract more people like Consultant Paediatrician Dr Jason Gane, a South African who has just moved with his family from London to live and work in Cumbria
The new head of the NHS began his task with a visit to the north this week.
Our political programme Around The House looked at one of the most sensitive subjects facing the health service: how to decide on the prescribing of treatments, while ensuring the best use of resources.
Helen Ford and a panel of MPs discussed the proposed guidelines, which have just gone out to consultation:
The next edition of Around The House is on Thursday 15th May.
Asthma UK has issued advice for sufferers as pollution levels are set to hit "high" and "very high" levels in parts of the country.
The charity urges asthma sufferers to check the air pollution forecast for their area on the Defra website and if levels are high:
- Avoid strenuous exercise outside
- Avoid visiting congested areas, particularly in the afternoon
- Keep on top of asthma symptoms with an asthma action plan
- Have your reliever inhaler with you at all times
If you think that you may be having an asthma attack, take one to two puffs of your reliever inhaler (usually blue), immediately.
Sit down and try to take slow, steady breaths - if you do not feel any better, take another two puffs of the reliever inhaler every two minutes, up to ten puffs.
The founder of Cumbria Gateway has told ITV Border that they are the only service in Carlisle offering aftercare to ex-offenders.
The service runs a breakfast club which helps addicts and recovering addicts but it's at risk of closing because of a cash shortage.
She spoke with Claire Montgomery earlier today: