Staff at the Cumberland Infirmary have raised more than £1,000 in memory of one of their regular patients.
Malcolm Moses, from Carlisle, was a regular patient for more than 20 years.
He raised thousands of pounds for the hospital, by organising a series of fundraising events, and was well known to staff.
Following his death, in November 2014, the staff decided to put on an event to remember him:
Malcolm was such a character, we all knew him and cared about him. He organised several charity events to raise money for the hospital, so on the day of his funeral, we all agreed that we wanted to do something in his memory.”
At a disco, raffle and human bingo event held in Harraby, the team raised £1,111.
Malcolm's family have agreed that the money will go towards refurbishing the staff room at the Coronary Care Unit.
I would like to thank everyone at the hospital for the care Malcolm received over the years, and the kindness everyone showed him. We were so touched that the cardiology staff arranged this event in his memory.”
Kate Walby went to find out how the Happy Mums Foundation, which provides a support group for mothers who have, or are worried about, maternal mental health conditions, are getting on.
They've been meeting Carlisle MP John Stevenson:
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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.
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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.
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