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North Cumbria University NHS Trust signs up to campaign

Gail Naylor, director of nursing & midwifery, signing up to the campaign Credit: North Cumbria University Hospital NHS Trust

North Cumbria University Hospital NHS Trust has signed up to the 'Hello my name is..' campaign.

The campaign reminds staff to go back to basics and introduce themselves to patients properly.

It was started by Dr Kate Granger in order to improve the patient experience after she became frustrated with the number of staff who failed to introduce themselves to her when she was in hospital.

More than 100 NHS organisations that have joined the movement .


Sellafield workers campaign to secure future

Workers at Sellafield are campaigning for new investment to secure a future for the site.

They are urging the government to support the idea of a new nuclear power station and to consider re-using existing plutonium stocks.

"Sellafield is strategically important to the UK and it is crucial for the economic survival of Cumbria. Without Sellafield, Cumbria would become an economic wilderness while Britain would struggle to meet its low carbon energy needs.

"That's why the Sellafield Workers Campaign is calling for a three point plan for a sustained and coordinated investment strategy, including a commitment to a new nuclear power station at the site."

– Kevin Coyne, Unite National Officer

Police campaign to protect vulnerable road users

A week long campaign to help protect vulnerable road users in Dumfries and Galloway is being launched.

Police Scotland is aiming to raise awareness of the risks associated with pedestrians, cyclists, horse riders and motorcyclists.

Rural roads are particularly busy at this time of the year with local festivities like the "Riding of the Marches" and country fairs.

The aim of the campaign is to:

  • To reduce the number of casualties resulting from road collisions and improve road user behaviour
  • To raise awareness and highlight the risks associated with vulnerable road users
  • To interact with vulnerable road users and drivers to raise awareness through education and enforcement
  • To enforce the core road traffic offences which contribute to road collision casualties

"Dumfries and Galloway is a very rural area with many roads running through our countryside.

"At this time of year, with the school holidays upon us and our galas and riding of the marches in full swing there will clearly be more cyclists, pedestrians and horse riders on our roads and we need to educate drivers, and vulnerable road users alike as to the dangers that can be faced when using our roads.

"Statistics sadly show that in 2011, of the 176 deaths on Scotland's roads, 83 of them fell into the category of a vulnerable road user."

– Inspector Neil Hewitson, Divisional Roads Policing Units

'Think twice, tattoo once' safety campaign launched

A campaign is being launched in the Scottish Borders today to warn people about the dangers of using unlicensed tattoo artists.

Scottish Borders Council, NHS Borders and the Safer Communities Partnership are launching the 'Think twice, tattoo once' at Selkirk High School's Safe T tent.

The aim of the campaign is to encourage anyone thinking of getting a tattoo to do their research and make sure they use a properly licensed tattooist who is inspected by the council's Regulatory Services staff.

Drink driving campaign launched in Cumbria

Drivers will face breath tests Credit: ITV Border

A campaign aimed at targeting drunk and drug drivers has been launched by Cumbria Police.

The summer campaign is focused on drivers who drink at social events like barbecues and then drive afterwards, putting lives at risk.

Police are urging motorists to put down their keys and opt for an alternative method of transport if they are planning on drinking alcohol at an event this summer.

Sergeant Ben Swinson, from the Roads Policing Unit, said:

"We want people to have a good time and enjoy the late nights, but don't take any chances with travelling.

"I would stress to anyone that thinks it's only a short journey home not to get behind a wheel and drive in an unfit state.

"Organise someone to pick you up, use public transport or order a taxi, this way you are not risking lives. The cost of a bus or taxi fare is far less than that of life.

"A person under the influence of alcohol cannot control a vehicle responsibly and safely. Drinking alcohol can severely impact reaction time as well as impair your co-ordination.

"Drinking through the day, especially in the sun, can also drain your energy and tiredness also becomes an issue."


NHS Cumbria join meningitis awareness campaign

Health professionals in Cumbria are reminding people of the early signs of meningococcal disease, as part of a national Meningitis Awareness campaign.

Meningitis Research Foundation (MRF) estimates that about 3,400 people contract bacterial meningitis and associated septicaemia in the UK each year.

In Cumbria 39 patients were admitted into hospital with meningitis over the last two years. As part of the campaign people are being reminded to look out for signs of the disease which can be mistaken in its early stages for flu or a hangover.

“If you notice any of the symptoms of meningitis, particularly in a young child, seek medical help immediately.”

– Dr Nigel Calvert, Associate Director of public health NHS Cumbria

Common early symptoms of the disease are:

  • - a rash that does not fade when pressed with a glass;
  • - sudden high fever;
  • - a severe headache;
  • - severe neck stiffness;
  • - dislike of bright lights;
  • - cold hands and feet;
  • - drowsiness/fever.

Better beginnings campaign

A baby Credit: Fiona Hanson/PA Wire

A new campaign will try to find adoptive parents across Cumbria for babies and toddlers.

The county council's adoption team is running a recruitment drive called "Better beginnings."

It aims to place children with carers who initially foster until the child can be legally adopted.

By fostering a child before adopting new parents can build up a relationship and bond earlier in the child's life.

The campaign comes in the wake of Government plans to speed up the adoption process and provide children with stable homes as soon as possible.

Councillor Anne Burns, Cumbria County Council’s cabinet member for children’s social care, said:

"Cumbria’s Better Beginnings is a fantastic initiative as it’s vital that children get the safe and loving home they deserve.

“Waiting sometimes many months before being adopted can be a very destabilising experience so I really welcome attempts to put children with permanent families as soon as possible.

"Our roadshow will be a really good opportunity for Cumbrians to find out more about Better Beginnings and other aspects of adoption and fostering so I hope plenty of people will come and talk to us on the day to find out more."

The adoption team will be holding an information road show in Carlisle's Lanes Shopping Centre between 10am and 4pm on Saturday 18th August.

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