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Seriously ill children to be treated at Cumberland Infirmary

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Health bosses have voted for the most seriously ill children to be transferred from the West Cumberland Hospital, to the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle for treatment.

This will see a short stay paediatric ward at the West Cumberland for low-risk children, with some overnight stays for monitoring.

All children with more serious conditions will be transferred to the Cumberland Infirmary.

If this is not sustainable, the Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group has proposed a paediatric ward with no overnight beds.

Consultant-led maternity will stay at the West Cumberland Hospital for at least 12 months

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Consultant-led maternity services will be kept at the West Cumberland Hospital in Whitehaven, for at least another year.

The Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group voted to secure the services at a meeting in Workington this morning.

It says a midwife-led unit will be set up at the hospital and consultant-led services will be kept for at least twelve months, with the midwife-led unit taking over if it is unsustainable.

Initially, the preferred option by the Success Regime was to cut consultant-led services at the West Cumberland Hospital and run a midwife-led unit.

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Health bosses deliver recommendation on future of health services in Cumbria

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The Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group has made a recommendation, ahead of a vote on the future of health services in Cumbria today:

  • Keep consultant-led maternity services at the West Cumberland Hospital, to run alongside a midwife-led unit, for a minimum of 12 months - switching to midwife-only if that is unsuccessful.
  • Cut community hospital beds from 133 to 104, meaning no inpatient beds in Alston, Maryport and Wigton.
  • Treat the most seriously ill children at the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle.

Governors will vote today and make a final decision on the future of the health services.

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Decision on the future of north and west Cumbrian hospital services due tomorrow

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Health bosses and campaigners are preparing for the long-awaited decision on the future of hospital service in north and west Cumbria.

Tomorrow the NHS Success Regime will outline it's plans at a meeting in Workington.

Proposals included downgrading some services, including maternity and children's, at the West Cumberland Hospital in Whitehaven and reducing the number of community hospital beds.

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