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Wards remain closed at Borders hospitals

The Norovirus outbreak in continuing to affect wards in Borders General Hospital and Haylodge Hospital in Peebles.

Ward 10 in Borders General Hospital remains closed. The Border Stroke unit and Wards 4 and 7 each have one bay closed also.

Haylodge Hospital in Peebles has reopened today with two bays remaining closed.

Visiting continues to be discouraged and and the general advice is to stay away from the hospital if you or anyone in your family has experienced symptoms of diarrhoea and/or vomiting in the past 48 hours.

This advice applies especially to children.

Friends and family of patients in all wards are asked to limit their visits to no more than 2 at any one time.

Outpatient appointments remain unaffected.


Carlisle Vicar backs make-up-free selfies

The recent trend of women posting pictures of themselves without make-up has raised more than £8million for cancer charities. But, it hasn't been without controversy.

Some commentators have questioned the origin of the idea, others the motives of those taking part. But for one vicar from Carlisle the reasons were very personal and the money raised justification enough for taking part.

Pam and Gregg were joined in the studio by The Reverend Sue Wicks and also by Dr Sarah Hazell from Cancer Research UK in London.

To find out more about breast cancer you can visit the Cancer Research UK website.

Carlisle Vicar supports No make-up selfies

Sue Wicks is a breast cancer survivor Credit: Sue Wicks

A vicar who survived breast cancer has backed the #nomakeupselfie trend, which has raised over £8 million so far for Cancer Research.

Sue Wicks, who was diagnosed aged 41, has taken two selfies to help raise awareness on an issue which she has been personally affected by.

She thinks the campaign is a great way to raise awareness Credit: Sue Wicks

Call for GP surgery funding

Lack of funding could result in the closure of GP surgeries in rural areas.

Westmorland and Lonsdale MP Tim Farron has called for a special fund to be set up to support GPs' surgeries in isolated rural areas, including parts of the Lake District.

Due to an income guarantee scheme being withdrawn, Mr Farron said that surgeries in Coniston and Hawkshead could be at risk of closure.


Smoke alarm call as clocks change

Cumbria County Council's Fire and rescue service are urging people to check their smoke alarms as the clocks change for the start of British Summer Time.

People are encouraged to test their smoke alarm when changing their clocks, which go forward an hour on Sunday morning.

Lack of support for local doctors

There are serious implications of a shortfall of doctors at a Cumbria hospital.

Three trainees have been removed from their positions at the West Cumberland Hospital in Whitehaven because there aren't enough senior clinicians to support them.

Politicians and campaigners say the loss of junior doctors is "very serious". North Cumbria University Hospitals Trust says it's doing everything possible to plug the gaps and improve long-term recruitment.

Katie Hunter reports.

Cumbrian hospital loses junior doctors

Staff shortages could lead to more junior doctors being removed. Credit: ITV News Border

Three trainee junior doctors have been removed from the West Cumberland Hospital because of a shortage of senior medical staff to support them.

The North Cumbria Trust is currently struggling to fill 50 consultant posts.

Three trainee junior doctors remain on site at Whitehaven but they may also have to leave in August if the hospital can't find suitable supervision.

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