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Future of flood-hit care home in spotlight

The care home's future is in the spotlight. Credit: PA

The future of a care home, which has been closed since December's floods, will be discussed at a public consultation beginning today.

Residents from Edenside in Appleby have launched a campaign to return to the home, but ultimately Cumbria County Council will decide whether to re-open or permanently close it.

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Tim Farron calls for emergency care extension in Kendal

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Westmorland and Lonsdale MP Tim Farron has written to NHS bosses to call for an extension to emergency care in Kendal, as A&E units in Barrow and Lancaster are under pressure.

In the last few days, local health bosses in South Cumbria and Lancaster have been urging the public to stay away from A&E unless faced with an emergency situation.

The Hospitals Trust has said that “sudden increases in attendance” mean that patients are “likely to experience long waiting times”.

Mr Farron said:

Local people need the peace of mind of knowing that A&E services are there if they need them. It is extremely concerning that health bosses have had to ask people to stay away. Services might be expected to be under pressure in the middle of winter, but it is worrying that the hospitals cannot cope in high summer.

I am calling on health bosses to extend the PCAS services available at Westmorland General in Kendal. Not only would this relieve the pressure on hospitals elsewhere, it would mean shorter journey times for local people.

– Tim Farron MP, Leader of the Liberal Democrats
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