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More life-saving defibrillators for Cumbria

Mark Evans, Community resuscitation manager, Cumbria and Lancs, and Lauren Watson, chain of survival coordinator for Cumbria
Mark Evans, Community resuscitation manager, Cumbria and Lancs, and Lauren Watson, chain of survival coordinator for Cumbria Credit: ITV News Border

Members of the charity organisation, The Rotary, have helped to raise over £65,000 so more life-saving defibrillators are to be installed in towns and villages across Cumbria.

Bridget Brice from Ulverston had life saved by a defibrillator when she suffered a cardiac arrest as she boarded a train at Lancaster
Bridget Brice from Ulverston had life saved by a defibrillator when she suffered a cardiac arrest as she boarded a train at Lancaster Credit: ITV News Border

Bridget Brice, from Ulverston, suffered a cardiac arrest while boarding a train.

Her life was saved by one of the devices that was available at the train station.

'I'm here today' thanks to publicly placed defibrillator

More life-saving defibrillators will be installed in towns and villages across Cumbria.

Rotarians in the county have helped to raise over £65,000 which will now see an increase in the number of defibrillators installed in public places for anyone to use in an emergency.

Bridget Brice suffered a cardiac arrest and had her life saved by one of the devices.

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Life saving move by Cumbria's Rotarians

Rotarians in Cumbria and Lancashire are one step closer to starting a Community Based First Response Unit.

A £65,000 investment from them and the Rotary International Foundation means members cab now work to provide emergency first response equipment to more local areas.

Rotarians are now working with the North West Ambulance Service, a number of Search & Rescue organisations and the National Forum for Health & Wellbeing to implement the various individual projects.

Trust still in special measures despite hiring more staff

The Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has confirmed that North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust will remain in special measures.

Inspectors from the Care Quality Commission visited the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle, West Cumberland Hospital in Whitehaven and the midwifery-led birthing service at Penrith Community Hospital in April and May.

They concluded the Trust has not met the required standards to get out of special measures.

The decision was announced in the House of Commons this afternoon.

Jeremy Hunt says that the Trust is improving but shadow health minister Andy Burnham claims the problems have been caused by cuts to staffing levels.

Trust 'needs longer' to show progress can be 'sustained'

The Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has confirmed North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust will remain in special measures.

Inspectors from the Care Quality Commission visited the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle, West Cumberland Hospital in Whitehaven and the midwifery-led birthing service at Penrith Community Hospital in April and May.

They concluded the trust hadn't met the required standards to get out of special measures.

Sir Mike Richards is the Chief Inspector of Hospitals:

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Grant a 'welcome addition' to mental health funds

A new mental health project that will help school pupils in Cumbria deal with their worries and concerns has received £500,000.

The money has come from the Big Lottery Fund's HeadStart programme which helps pupils deal with mental health issues before they become deep-rooted problems.

A previous YouGov survey for the Big Lottery Fund revealed that 45 per cent of children aged 10-14 have reported being unable to sleep because of stress or worry.

59% said they feel worried or sad at least once a week. But, only around 25% of young people who need treatment for mental health problems actually receive it and usually only once they reach 18.

Earlier Pam spoke to Councillor Anne Burns from Cumbria County Council Cabinet Member for Children's Services. She asked her what exactly the money would be used for

There are numerous charitable organisations across the UK that aim to offer help and support to anyone who has a mental health problem:

Mind - provide advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem

Young Minds - a leading UK leading charity committed to improving the emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people

SANE - a charity aiming to raise public awareness, excite research, and bring more effective professional treatment and compassionate care to everyone affected by mental illness

Rethink - a charity supporting almost 60,000 people each year across England to get through crises, to live independently and to realise they are not alone

Mental Health Foundation - a charity aiming to reduce the stigma and discrimination surrounding mental health problems in the UK

£500,000 for Cumbrian mental health project

A £500,000 grant has been awarded to a new mental health project in Cumbria.

The development funding means that pupils in the area will take part in a pilot project in the new school year.

The local partnership will then use this to work up long term plans.

The funding comes from the Big Lottery Fund's £75m HeadStart programme which, with a focus on schools, aims to develop ways of dealing with mental health issues before they become deep-rooted problems.

Four key areas of trust 'require improvement'

The trust that runs two of our biggest hospitals will remain in special measures after an inspection by the healthcare watchdog.

The Care Quality Commission rated the North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust - which runs the West Cumberland Hospital in Whitehaven and the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle - in five key areas.

The care provided by staff at the trust was described as good.

But in the four other areas: safety, effectiveness, responsiveness and leadership - it was found to need improvement.

And that gave the trust an overall rating as needing improvement too.

The Trust says they've made important progress. Katie Hunter has this report:

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