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Protest held over West Cumberland Hospital services

People have been gathering in Whitehaven for a protest march about a loss of services at the West Cumberland Hospital.

They say they're angry that services transferred to Carlisle, while the new hospital was being built, will not return when the new facility opens later this year.

However, the hospital trust insists the changes have saved lives.

"It's our duty to ensure we provide safe, high quality patient care for the people we serve.

"The independent evidence is now very clear that following changes made to transfer very small numbers of seriously ill patients to the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle, more lives are now being saved.

"We very much look forward to the opening of our new state-of-the-art hospital later this year.'

– North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust

Positive feedback for North Cumbria NHS Trust

North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust Credit: ITV News

Feedback from patients about the NHS Trust that runs the West Cumberland Hospital, and Cumberland Infirmary, has been largely positive.

That's according to a national inpatient survey, published by the Care Quality Commission.

The Trust's rating for overall view of inpatient services was 8 out of 10, an increase of 0.2 on last year.

It scored similarly to other trusts on the majority of questions, but was particularly impressive in two sections:

9.9
Delays to discharge
9.9
Not feeling threatened by other patients and visitors

Other high scores included:

  • 9.5 - not having to share a sleeping area with patients of the opposite sex
  • 9.1 - receiving an understandable explanation about how they would be put to sleep or their pain controlled
  • 9.0 - for nurses not talking in front of them, as if they weren't there

On one question, the Trust did score worse than the majority of other Trusts.

For patients being given enough privacy when being examined or treated, it scored 9.1.

“We would like to thank everyone who took the time to complete this questionnaire – feedback of this kind is vital to the Trust to enable us to continue making the improvements needed to give our patients the best possible care.

These results give us many reasons to be positive but also highlight some areas we need to focus on to ensure every patient receives the standard of safe, responsive care they deserve.”

– Executive director for nursing and midwifery, Gail Naylor

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'It's all about the volunteers'

Hundreds of pupils in Cumbria have spent the day participating in the finals of the county's School Games.

Event manager Nicola Maclean says the day requires a lot of organisation, from securing a venue to making sure each competitor arrives.

She says such a big operation couldn't happen without those who volunteer to help out.

Finals of the Cumbria School Games kick off

Netball is one of the sports that will be played today (library picture) Credit: PA

Pupils across Cumbria are taking part in the finals of the county's School Games today.

The event, which is being held in the Sands Centre in Carlisle, includes hockey, tennis, and netball.

It aims to encourage children to take part in sports and to promote a healthy lifestyle.

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Work begins on new Dumfries hospital

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Building work is set to get underway on a new £270 million hospital in Dumfries today.

The new Dumfries and Galloway District General Hospital, which is planned to open at the beginning of 2018, is being built near the Garroch roundabout on the outskirts of the town.

It will replace the current Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary.

WATCH: Extra support for north Cumbria's healthcare system welcomed

Doctors, politicians and campaigners have all welcomed the news that the entire health care system in North Cumbria is to receive extra support from the NHS.

North Cumbria is one of three areas in England to benefit from the new so-called "success regime".

The Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle, and the West Cumberland Hospital in Whitehaven are already in special measures. Katie Hunter reports.

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