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North Cumbria hospitals perform above national average for emergency care

The Trust’s overall performance was 92.6% in June and 93.2% in July Credit: ITV Border

Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle and West Cumberland Hospital in Whitehaven have ranked 31st out of 138 Trusts in England for Accident and Emergency performance.

The national standard is that 95% of patients should be seen, treated, admitted or discharged in under four hours. North Cumbria University Hospitals Trust's overall performance was 92.6% in June and 93.2% in July:

I would like to say ‘well done’ and ‘thank you’ to our staff. Our continually-improving national ranking is a real testament to the hard work our teams put in day in, day out in order to provide patients at both of our hospital sites with timely access to care."

– Helen Ray, Chief Operating Officer, North Cumbria University Hospitals Trust


New mental health support comes to Carlisle

The Lighthouse is open every evening Credit: ITV Border

People experiencing mental health crisis in Carlisle have a new place to find support.

The Lighthouse is open every evening and offers a safe, comfortable place to discuss issues and receive help. It's run by Carlisle Eden Mind and anyone experiencing problems is welcome to make an appointment.

Our reporter Ryan Dollard visited The Lighthouse and spoke with the manager, Chris Graham:

Carlisle's Stroke Club celebrates 40th birthday

Hundreds of people have been supported by the group Credit: ITV Border

Members of Carlisle's Stroke Club are celebrating the group's 40th birthday.

The club meets every fortnight for social support and other activities like exercise and outings. Over the past 4 decades, hundreds of people who have suffered a stroke have been supported by the group.

Christine Mountain is the current chairman and has been a member of the group for 35 years, and Elizabeth Freeman is also a member:


Baby box packing underway in Scotland

Baby boes will be delivered tomorrow, Tuesday 15 August Credit: Scottish Government

Baby boxes are being put together ahead of delivery in Scotland tomorrow, Tuesday 15 August.

The baby boxes include around 40 essential items for new born babies.

The Minister for Childcare and Early Years, Mark McDonald, and Scotland's Chief Medical Officer, Dr Catherine Calderwood, are visiting the Baby Box distribution centre for a tour where they can see the baby boxes being individually packed:

Credit: ITV Border
Credit: ITV Border
Credit: ITV Border

From January 2018 baby boxes are to be delivered at least 4 weeks before due dates.

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