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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.

Trust 'genuinely excited about opportunities ahead'

The Trust has had a difficult few years. A few days ago three junior doctors were removed from their posts at the West Cumberland Hospital because there weren't enough senior staff to support them. Staff shortages have previously been criticised and the Trust has also dealt with financial issues.

The Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust is working with the hospitals under a 'buddy' system of support. A planned takeover is currently on hold after the Cumbrian Trust was put into special measures. A £90 million redevelopment of the Whitehaven site is due to be completed later this year.

The Trust is entering a very exciting phase of development, delivering our safety and quality improvements and working very closely with our official buddy trustNorthumbria Healthcare.There can be no denying the historical problems we have faced with recruitment but we are genuinely excited about the opportunities which lie ahead, especially with the new West Cumberland Hospital opening and the overall positive direction which the organisation is now taking.

– Dr Jeremy Rushmer, Medical Director, North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust

Worldwide hunt for Cumbrian Hospital staff

A worldwide hunt is underway to recruit staff for two Cumbrian hospitals. The troubled North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust which runs the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle and West Cumberland Hospital in Whitehaven needs to hire dozens of Consultants, Doctors and Nurses.

The recruitment drive is being dubbed 'Looking for a fresh start' with hospital bosses hoping to attract more people like Consultant Paediatrician Dr Jason Gane, a South African who has just moved with his family from London to live and work in Cumbria


Woman missing from Cumberland Infirmary

Carlisle police are searching for a woman who has gone missing from the Cumberland Infirmary.

The patient is described as a white, young-looking female of average build in her mid-to-late twenties.

She has dark collar-length hair and is believed to be wearing a green jumper, black trousers and calf length zip-up black boots. It is also believed that she does not wear glasses.

It is believed she went missing at around 7am this morning, 17th January.

Police believe that she has access to a car.

Anyone who has seen a woman matching this description or has any information is asked to contact Cumbria Police on 101.

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