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'No shame' in getting help for a mental health illness

A man from Carlisle is urging people who live with stress, panic, anxiety or depression to seek help.

Barrie Osgood says since his diagnosis, he has benefited from a mixture of medication, and from going to Ways to Wellbeing courses.

The courses, run by The Cumbria Partnership NHS Trust, have been attended by more than 700 people since they launched .

In Cumbria, about 125,000 people will be affected by a mental health illness during their lifetime.


Health boss praises hospital staff for fire response

The fire broke out on Friday night Credit: ITV Border

The staff at the West Cumberland Hospital have been praised by the Trust's chief executive following Friday night's fire.

Anne Farrar has thanked staff for working to ensure that no patients were affected by the incident, including those who volunteered to come from home if they were needed.

She has also paid tribute to Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service.

“I would like to thank our staff for the outstanding commitment they have shown over the past few days.

"I spent Saturday going round West Cumberland Hospital to talk to staff and whilst everybody was understandably upset, they were all also wonderfully determined that the future is still very bright for the hospital.

“I would also like to thank the Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service for their quick action on Friday night to ensure the fire was controlled as quickly as possible.”

– Ann Farrar, chief executive of North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust

Drop in Cumbria drink drivers

2,687 people were tested as part of the month long campaign Credit: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

Sixty motorists were caught driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs during the Cumbria Constabulary's month-long Christmas campaign.

The campaign ran from the 1st of December to the 1st of January.

A total of 2,687 people were tested during this period, a higher number than last year.

However the number of positive results was lower.

Cumbria Police say there is still work to be done.

"A statistic I would like to highlight it that, whilst the number of driver caught under the influence dropped, the number of people failing a test following a collision increased.

"This is proof that driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs increases the likelihood of a collision.

"In 2015 we will continue to target drink and drug drivers as part of our work to make Cumbria's roads safer"

– Chief Inspector Matt Kennerley

Air Ambulance called to help child

The Great North Air Ambulance arriving at the scene Credit: GNAA

The Great North Air Ambulance were called to help an injured three-year-old in the Langley Castle area.

The Langwathby team assisted the North East Ambulance Service after the child fell through the bannister of a stairwell.

At the scene, the Aircrew Doctor and Paramedic assessed and treated the child before flying both the mother and child to a hospital in Newcastle.

UPDATE: all non-urgent operations postponed; non-essential visitors asked to stay away

All non-urgent operations have been postponed, and all non-essential visitors should stay away Credit: ITV Border

The North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust has released an update regarding the norovirus outbreak at the Cumberland Infirmary.

All non-urgent operations have been postponed this week.

The trust has also issued a further appeal for all visitors to stay at home if they, or a member of their family, has had vomiting, diarrhoea, or 'flu-like' symptoms in the last two days.

All non-essential visitors are asked to stay away from the hospital, and visitors are limited to two per bed and next of kin only.

According to the Trust, the number of patients affected by the virus remains high and it is continuing to circulate widely in the community.


NHS Borders finds error in data entry

NHS Borders identified and fixed an error in its data entry Credit: PA

NHS Borders has identified and fixed a temporary error in its data entry system which has affected the treatment time guarantee (TTG) for some patients.

Those affected had treatment agreed and were added to the waiting list between September 2, 2014 and January 6, 2015.

Of the 1767 patients listed for treatment.

  • 38 were treated beyond their statutory TTG
  • In 20 cases the time delay for treatment was 4 days or less
  • In 11 cases the impact of the delay was between 4 and 7 days
  • The maximum delay was 11 days.

Of the patients who have yet to receive treatment:

  • approximately 60 cases are currently at risk of exceeding their TTG during January or February.

NHS Borders says steps are being taken to minimise this impact and treatment dates will be agreed directly with patients.

Every patient whose guarantee date has been affected has been sent a letter of explanation and apology from the Board.

“The cause of this error was a configuration error within our IT system, and regretfully the treatment time guarantee for a small number of patients has been affected. I would like to apologise on behalf of the Board for any inconvenience that this has caused.”

– Jackie Stephen, NHS Borders Head of Information Management and Technology
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