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West Cumbrian Parkinson's charity unveils video to try and get people talking about the condition

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The West Cumbrian branch of Parkinson's UK has produced a new video designed to get people talking about the condition.

John Kane is one of about 1500 people living with Parkinson's in Cumbria and the South of Scotland:

You do get frustrated because people are very judgmental and they judge you. I want to get to a position where we get to 'there's John he's walking down the street and he's got Parkinson's and not John he's walking down the street and he's drunk' because that's what I see time and time again.

– John Kane, Parkinson's UK

Cumbrian addiction charity receives £75,000 grant

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A Carlisle based charity that supports people with substance abuse problems says a £75,000 grant will enable it to continue its work.

Cumbria Alcohol and Drug Advisory Service operates four centres and has been supporting the community for over thirty years.

It says that without the money from the Lloyds Bank Foundation its future may have been unsure.

We would probably have to think about closing down if we hadn't received this money. Over the next year or so if we hadn't have got more grants in we would have been in a really drastic situation. So this is really helping us keep our services going in this area which is really important.

– Helen Davies, CADAS

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Cumberland Infirmary trust says it has freed up 150 beds a month

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The health trust running Carlisle's Cumberland Infirmary says it has freed up 150 beds a month.

The Medical Procedures Unit at the hospital treats more than 200 mainly day patients each week.

The North Cumbria University Hospitals Trust says this reduces the number of people admitted to wards leaving more beds available.

Cumbrian Nurses pen public letter calling for better pay

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Nurses from Cumbria have put their names to a public letter calling for a greater pay increase.

The Government is set to give nurses a 1% pay increase, but nurses say that the increase in national insurance contributions effectively nullifies the pay rise.

The letter also claims the 1% pay rise is less than the increased cost of living.

Six nurses from Cumbria have signed the letter so far, alongside others from the North East.

New maternity unit holds drop in sessions

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Maternity teams from the University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust are holding special drop in events to talk to the public about the plans for the new Maternity Unit at Furness General Hospital.

The plans for a new £11m Maternity Unit include 14 en-suite birthing rooms with facilities for partners or family to stay overnight, two dedicated operating theatres, a special care baby unit, and a bereavement suite.

The drop in sessions will give staff, members of the public, and stakeholders the opportunity look at the plans in more detail and talk directly to staff:

  • Royal Lancaster Infirmary - Monday 25 April, 4pm-5pm
  • Ulverston Health Centre - Tuesday 26 April, 4pm-5pm
  • Westmorland General Hospital - Tuesday 3 May, 4pm-5pm
  • Queen Victoria Hospital, Morecambe - Thursday 5 May, 4pm-5pm

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New head trauma centre opens in Borders

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A new centre specialising in dealing with traumatic head injuries has opened in the Scottish Borders.

Heads Together, which is specifically for those with brain injuries, has moved from their former premises in Galashiels to their new centre in Hawick.

The charity helps people who've suffered from the likes of a stroke or an industrial accident, by providing company and support for those struggling with every day tasks.

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The Chairman of Heads Together, Steve Turnbull, was diagnosed with a brain tumour six years ago and has suffered several strokes since.

He helped to set up Heads Together three years ago.

"It's been hard I mean I nearly gave in. I don't think I would be alive now if it wasn't for the charity I really don't. It's kept us going, it's given us a focus and I've moved on.

"To start with, everyone goes through a feeling sorry for yourself stage and I did that and I decided I was wanting to fight back."

– Steve Turnbull, Chairman, Heads Together

One man who says the centre has been a lifeline for him is Joe Devlin, who sustained a brain injury from a quad bike accident.

Junior doctors on strike in Cumbria

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A number of junior doctors in Cumbria are taking part in a national 48-hour strike.

It's the latest in an ongoing row with the government over new contracts, however, the local NHS board say that very few patients will be affected.

"We have already seen our contingency plans tested by strike action by Junior Doctors. Our first priority is patient safety and we can reassure the public that all NHS organisations in Cumbria have tried and tested plans in place. “As ever, we would urge people using NHS services to ‘help us to help you’ by using the right service for your needs. A+E is for serious and life threatening injuries and conditions.”

– Dr David Rogers, NHS Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group
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