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Man in life-threatening condition after incident at Silloth

The injuries followed an altercation involving a number of people that occurred between 1.45am and 2.45am this morning (12th March) at the Silloth site.

A 47-year-old man from Kilmarnock has been taken to the Cumberland Infirmary with life-threatening injuries after an altercation at Stanwix Park Holiday Centre in Silloth early this morning.

The incident involved a number of people and happened between 1.45am and 2.45am.

A 47-year-old man from Silloth has been arrested on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm with intent and has been detained for questioning.

A team of detectives are currently making enquiries and police are appealing for those who may have information to come forward.


Major incident declared at Cumberland Infirmary following power cut

North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust has declared an internal major incident.

The Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle has been hit by power cuts following yesterday's flooding and is now being powered from back up generators.

Accident and Emergency departments across Cumbria are very busy and are urging members of the public to only call 999 in the event of serious illness.

Full hospital services back 'at the end of next week'

The Cumberland Infirmary. Credit: ITV Border

Full services will resume at the Cumberland Infirmary at the end of next week, after a washing machine at the hospital caught fire.

The fire in the Sterile Services Department was brought under control by the fire service, but it caused smoke damage.

Some operations that were due to take place today have been postponed, and it was initially hoped that the department would re-open next Tuesday.

However, the extent of the damage means the department may not re-open before the end of next week, meaning more patients will have their surgery postponed.

Elective surgery will now be assessed on a day-to-day basis until the Sterile Services department fully reopens and all patients affected will be kept informed.

The Sterile Services team from the hospital have taken theatre kit to Dumfries Royal Infirmary to be sterilised and will continue to work there over the weekend.

North West Ambulance Service responded immediately yesterday as did NHS Dumfries and Galloway who have very kindly allowed us the use of their Sterile Services department.

I would like to offer my sincere apologies to any patients who have unfortunately had their procedure postponed today. We will endeavour to maintain as much of a normal service as we can over the coming days and we will ensure patients are kept informed.”

– Helen Ray, chief operating officer at the Trust

Clean up underway after Cumberland Infirmary fire

A clean up operation is underway at the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle, after a fire at the hospital.

Smoke damage is being cleared, and the hospital says full services are due to resume on Tuesday.

Many operations have been cancelled today, though some are still being carried out:

We are able to run a full non-elective emergency service in theatres and we are able to run today a small number of urgent elective cases for patients with cancer, patients who have a clinical priority.

We are undertaking the majority of those operations today."

– Helen Ray, Chief Operating Officer, North Cumbria NHS Trust


Non-emergency surgery cancelled at Cumberland Infirmary

The Cumberland Infirmary. Credit: ITV Border

Non-emergency surgery at the Cumberland Infirmary has been cancelled today, following yesterday's electrical fire.

Firefighters were called to the sterile services department in the Carlisle hospital, after a washing machine caught fire.

The callout came at around 4pm, and the blaze was put out by the crew using a hose reel jet, with two of them wearing breathing apparatus.

A high pressure fan was then used to ventilate the property.

The majority of patients, visitors to the hospital and staff in departments on the lower floors (lower ground and ground) of the hospital were evacuated as a precaution, but nobody was injured.

I would like to thank Cumbria Fire & Rescue Service, our staff and our PFI partner for their very quick responses. The fire alarm system worked well and our staff followed the appropriate evacuation process.

Our staff’s reaction has demonstrated the strong emphasis that we place on fire safety measures in order to protect our patients, staff and visitors.

We are currently assessing the impact of the fire and I can confirm that unfortunately all non-emergency surgery is postponed tomorrow and patients will be informed. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.”

– Helen Ray, chief operating officer at the Trust

Washing machine fire at Cumberland Infirmary

The Cumberland Infirmary. Credit: ITV Border

Firefighters have been called to the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle, after a washing machine caught fire.

The callout came at around 4pm, and the blaze was put out by the crew using a hose reel jet, with two of them wearing breathing apparatus.

A high pressure fan was then used to ventilate the property.

NHS Trust responds to nursing union's criticism

The trust has responded. Credit: PA

A Cumbrian NHS Trust has responded to claims that nurses in the county's hospitals are under severe pressure, and that morale is low.

North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust, which runs the Cumberland Infirmary and West Cumberland Hospital, says staff are encouraged to raise their concerns:

Our staff are our most valuable asset and, as a leadership team, we absolutely appreciate the challenges our nurses at both of our hospital sites face every day and we work hard to tackle any concerns regarding staffing levels and low morale.

The senior nursing team very much encourage staff to raise any concerns they may have with us directly and we have a weekly meeting to address any issues with staffing levels and any concerns regarding nurse staffing on our wards. We are continually working to address our recruitment difficulties and have recently appointed 52 registered nurses of which 34 are local student nurses.

The Trust launched its first Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Professionals Strategy in December 2014 to give staff the opportunity to set out our priorities and commitments for the next three years. The strategy was recognised in the latest CQC report with the inspection team noting that all of the nursing staff they spoke to could tell them about the strategy and the impact it will have on them in the future. Over 500 members of staff got involved in creating the strategy and work is ongoing to ensure it is translated into real change on the ground.”

– Gail Naylor, director of nursing & midwifery at North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust
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