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Cumbria NHS: mental health 'everyone's responsibility'

The number of suicides in Cumbria is above the national average, and the Cumbria Partnership NHS Trust is offering support and advice in a bid to help reduce this figure.

Sara Munro Director of Quality and Nursing at the Trust, says looking after mental health is "everyone's responsibility", but that the NHS can provide specialist support:

The rate of suicide amongst men is considerably higher than amongst women, and Sara says this can be down to notions like 'masculinity':

Final ward re-opens at Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary

Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary

Ward 12 at the Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary has re-opened today, after it was closed due to an outbreak of norovirus.

It's the final ward at the hospital to re-open for admissions, transfers and routine visits, and had been shut since Friday 1 May.

I’d like to thank patients and the public once again for their continued support and cooperation during period where patients and staff have been affected by Norovirus which is circulating in the community.

Thanks to the vigilance and hard work of staff across the hospital it has been possible to bring this episode to a close swiftly and I am pleased to say that hospital is functioning normally again.”

– Elaine Ross, Infection Control Manager

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Cockermouth Community Hospital gets new visiting hours

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Cockermouth Community Hospital is changing its visiting hours.

From June 1 2015 the new hours will be:

  • 3.00–4.30pm
  • 6.30–7.30pm

The hospital claims the new timings mean staff will be more able to discuss patient care with visitors.

Previously visiting times were close to a shift change, which meant staff were often tied up finishing off paper work and covering handover meetings.

“The later opening time means that our staff will have finished off their tasks and meetings and will be able to spend more time talking to visitors about their friend or relative’s care.”

– Rachael Rooney, ward sister

Maternal mental health: advice and support

Many women, and their families, experience mental health issues during and after pregnancy.

It can be a hugely stressful time in anyone's life, but fortunately there are a number of support networks available:

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