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Norovirus closes West Cumberland Hospital ward

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A ward at West Cumberland Hospital in Whitehaven has been closed to visitors, after an outbreak of norovirus.

The virus is circulating on Ward 3a at the hospital, and a small number of patients have been affected.

All visitors are asked not to visit the ward, apart from end of life patients and patients for whom, at the discretion of ward staff, it is felt viewing is essential.

Anyone planning to visit other parts of West Cumberland Hospital, or the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle, is asked to stay away if they or their family members have shown norovirus symptoms in the last two days.

These include diarrhoea, vomiting and flu-like symptoms.

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Brain tumour support group launches for Cumbrian families

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A new support group is being launched in Penrith this evening for Cumbrian families who have been affected by brain tumours.

There's been a 31% increase in the number of people diagnosed with brain tumours across the north West of England since 2011.

Brain tumours cannot currently be prevented because their causes are not yet understood. Less than 20% of brain tumour patients survive beyond five years compared with 50% for all other cancers and treatments for brain tumours lag seriously behind other cancers.

"At the current rate of spend it could take 100 years for brain cancer to catch up with developments in other diseases."

– Dr Kieran Breen, Director of Research, Brain Tumour Research

Cancer patients and survivors in Cumbria encouraged to attend event

'Open Space' events are for people to speak about their experiences with cancer Credit: Macmillan Cancer Support

Morecambe Bay Cancer Partnership and Macmillan Cancer Support are offering 'Open Space' events for people to speak about their experiences with cancer.

The events are planned to also address challenges people using local services have faced.

The next session will be taking place on Monday 24th of April between 4.15pm and 8.30pm at the Castle Green Hotel in Kendal.

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Workington hospital inpatient ward reopens

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The inpatient ward at Workington hospital has reopened to admissions, after it was shut down last December due to defects to the building.

Ellerbeck ward was temporarily closed after specialist report showed the building did not fully meet current fire safety requirements.

It also showed that design and construction issues meant it was difficult to promptly evacuate all patients from the first floor ward, if it was necessary.

We are now confident that all issues relating to the fire safety of Ellerbeck have been addressed and we have reopened the ward to admissions. We would like to thank the public for their patience while we have worked to fix the issues and also to our staff who have showed continued professionalism and team work throughout this process.

"The staff have worked as part of other teams ensuring that patients from the Workington area have been cared for in alternative community hospitals in the meantime, enabling them to form valuable new relationships with other colleagues as part of this process."

– Joanna Forster Adams, Director of Operations at Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Penrith mother raising awareness of Type 1 diabetes

Lewis Gosney Credit: ITV Border

A mother from Penrith is looking to raise awareness of Type One diabetes after her two-year-old son was diagnosed in January.

Denise Gosney's son Lewis is now fully dependent on an insulin pump, and requires constant supervision and care.

Lewis was drinking an unusually large volume of liquid every day, and tests confirmed he had the condition.

"Lewis will be dependent on insulin forever. I'm doing this interview is to raise awareness but more importantly to raise funds to find a cure and i do believe by the time Lewis is an adult we'll have found a cure for this."

– Denise Gosney, Lewis' mother
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