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New parking rules at Cumberland Infirmary

The Cumberland Infirmary. Credit: ITV Border

Parking wardens are patrolling Carlisle's Cumberland Infirmary from today, in a bid to help the hospital operate as smoothly and safely as possible.

This week they will be giving written warnings to anyone parking inappropriately in the hospital's car parks.

From next Monday (18 July) fines will be issued.

The following rules will be in place:

  • All vehicles must be parked only within marked bays
  • A valid pay and display ticket must be clearly displayed at all times
  • Disabled badge holders only in disabled bays. A valid disabled badge must be clearly displayed at all times
  • No parking on red or yellow lines or in an area with hatched markings which would potentially block emergency access
  • No parking on pavements or grassed areas
  • Drop off point 20 minute maximum stay
  • No parking in the contractors car park which is for branded vehicles working on site only
  • No parking in staff only areas


Work underway on Cumberland Infirmary car park

The Cumberland Infirmary. Credit: ITV Border

Work has begun to build a new temporary car park for the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle.

It will be positioned next to Reiver House in the hospital grounds, and will house 100 staff parking spaces.

It's hoped this will ease congestion in the main car parks, which are used by patients and members of the public.

Building work is due to be completed in the next two to three weeks.

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
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