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UPDATE: all non-urgent operations postponed; non-essential visitors asked to stay away

All non-urgent operations have been postponed, and all non-essential visitors should stay away Credit: ITV Border

The North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust has released an update regarding the norovirus outbreak at the Cumberland Infirmary.

All non-urgent operations have been postponed this week.

The trust has also issued a further appeal for all visitors to stay at home if they, or a member of their family, has had vomiting, diarrhoea, or 'flu-like' symptoms in the last two days.

All non-essential visitors are asked to stay away from the hospital, and visitors are limited to two per bed and next of kin only.

According to the Trust, the number of patients affected by the virus remains high and it is continuing to circulate widely in the community.

Cumberland Infirmary renews Norovirus appeal

Norovirus continues to affect the Infirmary. Credit: ITV Border

People in the region are again being asked not to visit the Cumberland Infirmary unless they have a medical emergency, thanks to a Norovirus outbreak.

North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust is restricting visitors to two per bed, and next of kin only. Children are asked to stay away, or for their parents to call beforehand.

In particular, the Trust's asking anyone with diarrhoea, vomiting or 'flu-like' symptoms, to stay away.

The number of patients in the hospital affected by Norovirus had initially reduced, but rose again today.

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Visitors with flu-like symptoms reminded to stay way

North Cumbria University Hospital NHS Trust has thanked the public for helping to keep the outbreak of norovirus at the Cumberland Infirmary to a minimum.

"We would like to thank the community for taking on board our request only to visit patients if absolutely necessary."

– Gail Naylor, director of nursing and midwifery at theNorth Cumbria University Hospitals Trust

The number of patients showing symptoms of norovirus has gone down since last week, though a significant number are still affected.

The Trust is now asking people exhibiting flu-like symptoms to avoid visiting.

"If you have had vomiting or diarrhoea yourself, please stay away until you have been symptom-free for at least two days."

– Gail Naylor, director of nursing and midwifery at theNorth Cumbria University Hospitals Trust

It is also reminding people that those who feel they need to visit will have to follow strict hand-washing guidelines, and that no more than two visitors should visit each patient at any one time.

Outpatients should still attend appointments

The North Cumbria University Hospital Trust has stressed that outpatients should still attend appointments at the Cumberland Infirmary.

This morning the hospital asked all but essential visitors to stay away due to an outbreak of norovirus.

However outpatients have been advised to continue as normal as only ward areas are affected.

Norovirus outbreak at Cumberland Infirmary

All but essential visitors are being asked to stay away from the Cumberland Infirmary Credit: ITV Border

"All but essential visitors" have been asked to stay away from the Cumberland Infirmary after an outbreak of norovirus.

North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS is appealing to the public to help minimise the outbreak by avoiding visiting if possible.

Norovirus, also known as the winter vomiting bug, has been circulating widely in the community this winter and a significant number of patients have already been affected, according to the Trust.

"We currently have a significant number of beds affected by norovirus at the Cumberland Infirmary, so we are appealing to the public for their help in minimising the impact of this outbreak."

– Gail Naylor, director of nursing and midwifery at the North Cumbria University Hospitals Trust

Those who feel visiting is necessary will be asked to follow strict hand washing protocol, and to seek advice from the staff on the ward on how best to minimise the risk of infection.

Click here to find out more about norovirus.

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Pensioner in stable condition in Carlisle

A 70 year-old woman who was injured on a road in Carlisle is being treated in hospital. The woman was involved in an accident with a Toyota Corolla car driven by a 71 year old man. She was taken by ambulance to the Cumberland Infirmary, suffering from suspected serious pelvic injuries but has now been transferred to the Royal Victoria Hospital in Newcastle. Doctors have described her condition as "stable". Anyone who saw what happened is urged to contact Cumbria Police.

New spaces to tackle parking crisis at hospital

Almost 500 new spaces are to be created to ease the parking crisis at the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle.

Parking has been a problem outside the hospital for some time Credit: ITV News

Bosses are also looking at how they can prevent similar problems at the West Cumberland Hospital in Whitehaven, where parking is set to be reduced temporarily as part of the redevelopment.

The newly-unveiled plans will see two parts of the Carlisle site developed to provide patient and staff parking.

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