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Busy weekend for air ambulance

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The Great North Air Ambulance was called out to three incidents in Cumbria over the weekend. On Saturday afternoon a 35-year-old man was flown to Newcastle's Royal Victoria Infirmary after suffering a neck injury while playing rugby at Carlisle Rugby Club. He arrived at hospital in a stable condition.

On Sunday morning a 46-year-old man from Preston sustained leg injuries after becoming trapped between two cars at Bowness-on-Windermere. He was taken to the Royal Preston Hospital.

The air ambulance was in action again in the afternoon when paramedics treated a 45-year-old woman who'd fallen from a bike near Ulverston.

Campaigners urge health companies to follow accessibility rules

Campaigners are urging Cumbrian organisations to follow the new rules. Credit: PA

A group of blind and partially sighted people in Cumbria say health organisations are failing to follow new laws requiring them to communicate with patients in a format they can read or understand.

The NHS Accessible Information Standard was supposed to begin on 31 July.

Patients say it's essential GPs, hospitals and pharmacies stick to it, however they say many in Cumbria are not following the new rules.

Not everybody has someone they would really want to read through their most personal information. I've just had a bowel screening results and you just don't want to ask the postman to read that out for you.

– Edward Bebbington


Have your say on Cumbria Health on Call

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Healthwatch Cumbria have teamed up with CHoC, to ask members of the public to share their experience of using Cumbria Health on Call's services.

CHoC provides out of hours GP-led urgent health care services across the county.

People are being asked to complete the survey about their experience of the CHoC service which may have been; on the telephone, by attending a CHoC treatment centre or by having a home visit:

We are delighted to have been asked to do this work and hope that many members of the public will share their experiences of CHoC by completing the survey. We are committed to ensuring that people’s voices are heard and can actively drive improvements in service delivery”

– David Blacklock, Chief Executive of Healthwatch Cumbria

Campaign group says NHS Cumbria will have huge deficit by 2021

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An investigation by a national campaign group claims the NHS in Cumbria will have a huge deficit by 2021 if no action is taken.

38 degrees say the health and social care system in West, North and East Cumbria will be £163m short of the money it needs to balance its books while maintaining the same level of care for patients.

The deficit in Lancashire and South Cumbria is projected to be £805m. The findings come as health bosses draw up plans to change the way healthcare is delivered.

In West, North and East Cumbria, the STP refers to "reconfiguration of all of the services ... including for acute and community hospital services, maternity services and mental health services".

By 2021, the NHS in the region is projected to be £163.8 million short of the funds it needs to balance its books while maintaining the same kind of care for patients.

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