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Cumbria healthcare consultation ends

The meetings, held by the NHS Success Regime, have finished after three months. Credit: ITV Border

A public consultation to discuss proposed changes to healthcare in Cumbria over the past three months, has finished.

2,000
people attended public meeting across Cumbria to have their say on proposals.

The meetings held by the NHS Success Regime, looked a proposals including downgrading maternity services at the West Cumberland Hospital and reducing the overall number of community hospital beds.

Ward 14 at DGRI closed due to norovirus outbreak

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An outbreak of norovirus has forced ward 14 to close at Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary.

The hospital's Infection Control Team say they're monitoring the situation and have implemented full outbreak control measures.

Annan Hospital has also been closed due to an outbreak of the winter vomiting bug.

Both have been closed to new admissions, transfers and routine visiting.

“Our priority is always patient, public and staff safety. We appreciate that this temporary visiting restriction to Ward 14 and Annan Hospital may cause some frustration, this measure will allow us to help prevent further spread of the infection and ensure safe patient care. "Where circumstances are such that relatives are concerned about the need to visit their loved ones, they are asked to contact the ward before coming to the hospital.

"We are aware of a large number of reports of Norovirus within the community, and all members of the public visiting other areas of the hospital are asked to comply with the hand hygiene and infection control measures in place, and not to visit if they are feeling unwell themselves”.

– Dr Martin Connor, Consultant Microbiologist

D&G Council opens bird flu helpline

Poultry farmers must keep their birds indoors for 30 days. Credit: PA

Dumfries and Galloway Council has opened a dedicated helpline for people who own poultry and captive birds, in light of the Scottish Government's decision to issue Avian Influenza Protection Measures.

Bird owners must keep their birds indoors, away from wild birds, for the next 30 days.

The measure is a precaution because a deadly strain of bird flu has been detected in mainland Europe.

Anyone who is concerned should call the council's helpline on 030 33 33 3000.

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