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Health officials visiting Cockermouth hospital to review services

Health officials are visiting Cockermouth Community Hospital today Credit: ITV Border

Health officials trying to improve services in north Cumbria are visiting Cockermouth Community Hospital today.

It's one of several smaller hospitals which campaigners fear could lose some of it's services when the North Cumbria University Hospitals Trust's Success Regime, makes it's recommendations later this year.


Darataigh dementia unit in Stranraer closure confirmed

A final decision has been made to close a Darataigh mental health facility in Stranraer. Credit: ITV Border

A final decision has been made to close a Darataigh mental health facility in Stranraer.

Earlier this year, there were demonstrations outside the dementia unit by those opposed to the closure.

NHS Dumfries and Galloway says it has now approved a new model of community services including the permanent closure of the dementia unit.

Air Ambulance appeals for donations

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The Great North Air Ambulance Service is asking people to support it by signing up to a text service.

The campaign is being run as part of National Air Ambulance Week, which runs from today.

“Last year we treated 846 patients throughout the region. We are now offering a more comprehensive level of care than ever before with blood and live plasma now on board our aircraft. Everything that enabled us to do that, from the helicopter itself, to its fuel and the equipment it carries, was paid for out of donations. We simply could not continue to reach all of our patients without the support of people in the region."

– Grahame Pickering MBE, GNAAS chief executive

The charity is asking supporters to sign up to its monthly text giving service, which donates £3 every month directly from supporters’ phone bills.

The campaign aims to provide the charity with a more sustainable income and has been supported by a group of former patients.

“We couldn’t do without them. It’s a strange thing, but you don’t think you’re going to need them, until you do. And when they are there, they really are there.”

– Dick Allaker, of High Pittington, near Durham, who survived a fireball when his motorcycle crashed in Thinford

“I was in a really inaccessible place and if it wasn’t for the Great North Air Ambulance, I might not be here today, yet here I am, cycling, having fun, and I’m just very grateful.”

– Suzanne Sharp, of Bywell, near Stocksfield, Northumberland, who has battled back from a debilitating horse riding accident in 2011

“I wouldn’t be here if they weren’t on the scene so fast, and took care of me the way did. I owe loads to them. I can’t thank them enough.”

– Scott Pohlman, suffered multiple serious injuries in a motocross competition crash at Lamplugh, near Workington


Former nurses encouraged to return to practice across Cumbria

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North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust is encouraging former nurses to return to practice.

registered nurses across Cumbria, who are no longer practicing.

Health Education England is in the process of writing to them to encourage their return to the profession and the Trust will support their return to work.

Returning nurses will complete a funded three-month university course.

This is a fantastic opportunity for former nurses who have been thinking about a return to their career. The course is fully funded and theTrust will offer placements to all returning nurses.

“Some may feel that a lot has changed since they last wore the uniform but it soon comes flooding back and the course is designed to update nurses with the latest techniques and advances in medical care.

“I would like to encourage anyone who receives their letter to consider this excellent opportunity.”

– Maurya Cushlow, Executive Director of Nursing & Midwifery at the Trust
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