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NFU urges farmers to be vigilant against bird flu

The National Farmers Union is urging people to be vigilant after a case of bird flu was confirmed in Dumfries and Galloway.

A wild peregrine falcon found at an undisclosed location tested positive for H5N8 Avian Influenza.

A prevention zone remains in place across the UK meaning all poultry or captive birds must be kept inside to avoid contact with wild birds.

Andrew McCornick from the NFU Scotland says the public should report anything unusual:

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WATCH: We put your healthcare questions to the Success Regime

A public consultation into plans to make major changes to healthcare in North, West and East Cumbria ended at midnight.

The Success Regime, which was brought in to look at problems in health care in the county, say the plans will improve services and save money.

But there's been some vocal public opposition, especially over proposals to cut beds in community hospitals and end consultant-led maternity care at the West Cumberland Hospital.

There have been many public meetings to discuss the plans and hear concerns, but some of you got in touch with us to say you still have questions. Here's Hannah McNulty, to try to get some answers.

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Cumbria healthcare consultation finishes today

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The public consultation on proposed changed to healthcare in Cumbria finishes today.

People have until midnight tonight to have their say on the future of services in the county.

The NHS Success Regime wants to downgrade some services at Whitehaven's West Cumberland Hospital and reduce the overall number of community hospital beds in the county.

Health proposals affect 'all of Cumbria'

Health bosses, politicians and campaigners are urging people in Cumbria to have their say on proposals to radically shake up NHS services.

The people in charge of the NHS is north, east and west Cumbria say change is essential to maintain high standards of care in the long term.

The deadline for responding to the public consultation, which includes plans to downgrade maternity services in Whitehaven, is Monday 19 December at 23.59.

Dr Jan Den Bak is a retired GP and campaigner. He says the ramifications are not restricted to West Cumbria:

Ward at DGRI reopens after virus outbreak

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A ward at the Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary has reopened, following an outbreak of gastroenteritis.

Ward 14 had been closed since Thursday 8 December.

Annan Hospital had also been completely closed due to the virus, but reopened earlier this week.

I would like to thank all those who have worked incredibly hard to continue to provide care, contain the spread of the virus and undertake cleaning required to get the ward safely functioning as quickly as possible. The domestic services staff have been exceptional and there has a been a real sense of teamwork with all staff involved.”

– Elaine Ross, Infection Control Manager
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