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Cyber attack causing 'no disruption' in D&G

Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary Credit: ITV Border

A spokesperson for NHS Dumfries and Galloway has told ITV Border that no disruption has been caused by the cyber attack.

The attack has affected up to 40 health trusts across England and Scotland and Dumfries and Galloway was the first board in Scotland to be hit.

Initially, three GPs surgeries were affected, however the situation is now being described as stable.

"There have been no implications or disruption to clinical care across Dumfries and Galloway. The GPs surgeries remain closed until Monday, which is common practice.

"We have teams working to ensure standard service resumes on Monday morning."

– Spokesperson, NHS D&G

South of Scotland health boards hit by cyber attack

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Health boards in Dumfries and Galloway and the Scottish Borders have been hit by the cyber attack which has also affected NHS England.

NHS Dumfries and Galloway was the first health board in Scotland to be affected by the attack, with confirmation that three GP surgeries in the region were targeted.

"We don't know what we're dealing with. We are monitoring the situation here, as are all health boards in Scotland."

– Spokesperson, NHS D&G

Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has held a meeting to discuss the cyber attack and said the government was doing all it could to minimise the impact for patients.

The message shown on the screens of NHS computers Credit: PA

It's believed that up to 40 trusts across England and Scotland were hit by the ransomware.

The following Scottish health boards have been affected:

  • NHS Glasgow
  • NHS Lanakrshire
  • NHS Dumfries and Galloway
  • NHS Forth Valley
  • NHS Tayside
  • NHS Western Isles
  • NHS Borders
  • NHS Fife
  • NHS Ayrshire and Arran
  • NHS Grampian
  • NHS Highland

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Cumbrian powerlifter provides strength for people with mental health issues

A Cumbrian strongman is helping to provide strength for people in the county with mental health issues. Scott Squire has represented his country at powerlifting... but he's now training to become a full-time mental health nurse, as well as an ambassador for the charity MIND.

Scott says removing the stigma surrounding conditions like anxiety and depression could save lives.

Ryan Dollard caught up with him for our latest report as part of Mental Health Awareness Week:

A spokesperson from the charity MIND, also explained more on what being a Time To Change champion entails:

Local hospitals hit by major cyber attack

Several hospital trusts have been hit by a cyber attack Credit: PA

A number of GP surgeries and hospitals across Cumbria have been hit by a computer virus that's forced them to shut down their IT systems.

NHS England has confirmed that the virus, a ransomware attack called "Wanna Decryptor", is affecting clinics across the country.

Staff have been forced to switch off their computers while experts try to locate and fix the problem.

Ambulances have been diverted and patients are warned to avoid some A&E departments across the country.

It's not known yet whether confidential patient details have been compromised.

Trusts reportedly affected include:

  • North Cumbria
  • East Lancashire
  • Barts Health in London
  • Blackpool Teaching Hospitals
  • Colchester Hospitals University
  • Nottingham
  • East and North Hertfordshire

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WATCH: Football, mental health and the community

The high pressure world of football is no exception when it comes to mental health issues.

Gazza, Stan Collymore and most recently Everton's Aaron Lennon have had high profile struggles.

As part of our series of reports for Mental Health Awareness Week, our reporter, Ryan Dollard, takes a look at the work Carlisle United are doing to provide support for the community:

WATCH: Sports stars can break mental health stigma

ITV Border spoke to Richard Metcalf from Active Cumbria, the sport and activity partnership that is part of Cumbria County Council.

It aims to encourage more people to take part in sport and physical activity as a way coping with stress and anxiety.

Our presenter, Pam Royle, asked how having role models like footballer Aaron Lennon talking about the treatment they've received for mental health problems can encourage other people to talk and to seek help:

Local tobacco retailers reminded of new rules

The new rules are aimed at making smoking less appealing Credit: PA

Local retailers are being reminded of a change in rules concerning the selling of tobacco.

The Cumbria Trading Standards say tobacco products that do not comply with the new rules must be removed from display.

They are set to come into force from the 20th of May. The new measures include:

  • A minimum of 20 cigarettes per packet
  • Hand rolling tobacco (HRT) in pouches of 30 grams or more
  • New and larger health warnings that cover 65% of the packaging
  • All cigarette and HRT packets to be a standardised colour (dull green)
  • Flavoured cigarettes and HRT will also be banned (menthol cigarettes in 2020)
  • Brand names will be written in standard font, size and location on the pack

This is a proud moment for public health in the fight to reduce smoking prevalence. Many of us have worked on this for a number of years.

The percentage of young people smoking in Cumbria has steadily decreased since 2003, which is a trend that we are delighted about. These new laws can only help contribute to this decline and ultimately cut the risks associated with smoking, saving more lives.

– Colin Cox, Cumbria County Council’s Director of Public Health

It is hoped that the new rules and the increase in cost of tobacco, will make the products less appealing to people and help current smokers quit.

The county council's public health Stop Smoking Helpline can be reached on 03000 13 3000.

Cumbria nurse raises funds for mental health patients

Bernadette Mallinson and Louise Chapman Credit: ITV Border

Health care staff at a unit in Carleton Clinic raised money to help their mental health patients engage in outdoor activities.

Bernadette Mallinson, who works as a healthcare assistant in the Acorn Unit, recently took part in a 50 mile challenge through the Lake District to help raise funds. On the last day of the challenge, the workers dressed up in halloween costumes.

She says it is part of her desire to help patients stay healthy in future.

I have focused on the theme of healthy mind, health body and how small changes in food choices can make a big difference. I have been working on healthy options, good quality, colourful and nutritious food to help patients gain cooking skills for the future. A representative from Slimming World and a member who has had significant weight loss gave a demonstration and chatted with the ward.

– Bernadette Mallinson, Health Care Assistant

Bernadette Mallinson and her supporters raised £600, which is being used to buy tables and benches for patients. She now hopes a community grant will help patients improve their diets.

The Acorn Unit 16-bed unit for men with complex mental health needs, where they receive rehabilitation.

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