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Great North Air Ambulance called to Old Man of Coniston

The Great North Air Ambulance Service at the scene yesterday. Credit: GNAAS

At around 12.30pm yesterday, the Great North Air Ambulance Service was called to the aid of walker who had fallen on the Old Man of Coniston in the Lake District.

The 64-year-old man, from Ulverston, sustained a dislocated shoulder, facial injuries and was suffering from hypothermia.

He was treated by Coniston Mountain Rescue Team and the GNAAS doctor and paramedic crew, before being flown to Furness General Hospital. He arrived in a stable condition.

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Support system in place for staff in Cumbria

North Cumbria University Hospital NHS Trust has a new system of support in place for staff. Credit: PA

The chairman of a review into the treatment of NHS whistleblowers has said that some members of staff are too "afraid" to speak out.

North Cumbria University Hospital NHS Trust has a new system of support in place for staff.

The Trust announced the introduction of Schwartz Rounds, which involves confidential meetings where staff from all backgrounds can discuss the challenges of their jobs.

While not directly related to whistleblowing, the Trust says the new system is clear signal that staff will be supported when voicing their opinions.

Cumbrian care home 'not safe'

A care home in Cumbria has been condemned as unsafe in a damming report by the Care Quality Commission.

Inspectors stated that the residents of Howard Court in Brampton are at risk due to a series of failings and have demanded a string of improvements.

The report described staffing levels as "inadequate".

"The service was not safe. People who used the service were not managed safely."

– Care Quality Commission report
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'Shocking stories' heard by NHS whistleblower review

The chairman of a review into the treatment of NHS whistleblowers said he had heard "shocking stories" about staff too afraid to speak out and who felt suicidal after their concerns were ignored.

Sir Robert Francis QC chaired the review into the NHS whistleblowers. Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

Sir Robert Francis QC said he heard "time and time again" from NHS staff who were "bullied" after raising concerns about poor patient care.

Sir Robert told the BBC before the review's publication, "I've heard some frankly shocking stories about [staff] whose health has suffered, and in rare cases who've felt suicidal as a result of their perception of them being ignored or worse."

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Public meetings over healthcare plans

People in the Borders are being asked to give their views on plans to integrate health and social care.

The changes are part of proposals by the Scottish Government to bring together all community health services.

Five events are being held to provide people with a chance to discuss the plans.

The evenings will run from 6:30pm-8:00pm on:

  • Monday, 16 February - Tait Hall, Edenside Road, Kelso
  • Thursday, 19 February - Community Centre (Drill Hall), Walker’s Haugh, Peebles
  • Monday, 23 February - Council Chamber, 49 Newtown Street, Duns
  • Wednesday, 25 February - Evergreen Hall, Dovecote Street, Hawick
  • Thursday, 26 February - Old Gala House, Scott Crescent, Galashiels
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