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NHS services affected by severe weather

Patients have been advised by hospitals across the region not to travel in bad weather if they have appointments to get to, with many hospitals cancelling or postponing non-urgent appointments and procedures.

It comes after the Beast from the East brought a blanket of snow to the region, causing disruption to travel.

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Travel conditions have been so hazardous that staff at North Cumbrian hospitals with 4x4 vehicles were asked to help others to get into work safely.

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And mountain rescue teams were also called out to assist staff making visits to patients in Cumbria.

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Search dog finds missing Scafell Pike walkers

Isla searching for missing walkers Credit: Keswick MRT

Two missing walkers were rescued by mountain rescue teams after being found by a search dog and her handler.

The two men were visiting the Lake District to climb Scafell Pike. When they failed to return home worried relatives alerted mountain rescuers.

The pair, aged 19 and 21 were discovered by Isla and her handler close to Skew Gill.

They were not injured but cold and lost.

They were airlifted down to Seathwaite so they could pick up their vehicle.

"Hill goers should be aware that full winter conditions apply on the hill, with some patches of deep snow, and should plan accordingly, allowing plenty of daylight for their activities."

– Keswick Mountain Rescue Team
Isla searching for missing walkers Credit: Keswick MRT
Conditions in Scafell Pike Credit: Keswick MRT


Cumbrian health campaigners join national fight

Health campaigners in Cumbria Credit: ITV Border

Campaigners in Cumbria took part in a nationwide day of action today in protest over the running and funding of the NHS.

They gathered in Carlisle City centre earlier to share their view that the government is failing to provide the service with enough financial support.

"The conditions the staff are working under are really hard and I think what breaks my heart is that all of the doctors and all of the nurses and all of the other health care staff really care passionately about delivering the best health care service that they can to their patients.

"But they are having their hands tied behind their back at the moment by the lack of funding."

– Dr Helen Davison, former NHS doctor

The campaigners accused the government of not providing enough funding for the winter. A claim the Department for Health refuted.

"We know the NHS is extremely busy, which is why the Government supported it this winter with an additional £437million of funding, and why it was given top priority in the recent Budget with an extra £2.8bn allocated over the next two years.

"Despite the extra pressure that comes with winter, the most recently published monthly figures shows hardworking staff treated 55,328 people within four hours every single day - 1,272 more each day than in the same month the previous year.”

– Department of Health

Border residents urged to stay away from A&E

Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary Credit: Paul McMullin

Hospital bosses in southern Scotland are again urging people to stay away from Accident and Emergency units unless they need urgent treatment.

NHS Dumfries and Galloway say emergency departments at Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary are still facing significant demand and some of the worst winter pressures on record.

In a recent tweet, the Trust asked members of the public to consider all options of treatment before attending:

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