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Emergency stroke treatment to be centralised in Carlisle

Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle Credit: ITV Border

Emergency stroke treatment for patients in north, west and east Cumbria will take place in Carlisle, health officials have announced.

Plans to develop a hyper-acute stroke unit at the Cumberland Infirmary have been given the final approval by NHS North Cumbria CCG.

The announcement comes alongside a timetable to close all the in-patient beds at Alston, Wigton and Maryport community hospitals in the county.

We are pleased to be able to say that the plans developed around those community hospitals and for stroke services across the north of the county have been thoroughly considered and will bring benefits for our communities.”

– Jon Rush, chair, NHS North Cumbria CCG

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WATCH: £100million to go to Cumbrian hospitals

The Government has announced that up to £100million will be invested in the two acute hospitals in north and west Cumbria.

£30-50 million will pay for a new cancer unit at the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle. The same amount will be spent on the continued re-building of the West Cumberland Hospital in Whitehaven and up to £5million will pay for eight so-called "Integrated Care Communities" to improve access to local services in the community.

Watch Tim Backshall's report here:

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Cumbria's NHS trust performs above national average despite 'requires improvement' rating

A&E department at West Cumberland Hospital Credit: ITV Border

The North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust has been ranked 45 out of 138 trusts in England, for its Accident and Emergency performance.

The national average for all trusts in May 2017 was 84.6% and North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust’s overall performance was 89.8%, above the average.

The national standard is that 95% of patients should be seen, treated, admitted or discharged from A&E in under four hours.

The most important message to take from this is remembering that behind these figures are our patients and local communities who both need and deserve excellent care. I am delighted to be able to share the news today that our continued focus on improvement is resulting in real progress and we will keep striving towards hitting the 95% standard.

– Stephen Eames, North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust Chief Executive

The Trust’s two A&E departments in Carlisle and Whitehaven had 7,696 attendances in May 2017, equating to over 10 people every hour.

The North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust is still rated as 'requires improvement' by the Care Quality Commission.

Cumbrian hospitals rated the best in the country for kidney treatment

A new patient experience report has rated North Cumbria University Hospital's NHS Trust's Renal Units the best in the country. The UK Renal Registry and the British Kidney patient association looked at 39 units across the country. The survey covered 8,162 patients and asked 43 different questions. The units in the Cumberland Infirmary and the West Cumberland Hospital scored 9.31 out of 10 in the overall experience category.

This is a fantastic achievement for everyone who works in our Renal departments. Everyone here does their very best day in, day out to make patients feel welcomed, cared for and informed.

– Dr Fiona Dallas, consultant nephrologist at North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust
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