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Open day for carers of dementia sufferers

Ruskin Unit Credit: Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

People supporting family or friends with dementia are being invited to an open day this afternoon.

Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust is opening up the Ruskin Unit - a centre used to to assess patients with dementia to determine their level of need and the best way that they can be supported.

The open day, which runs from 2pm-4pm, is a chance for anyone affected by dementia to take a look at the unit, meet staff and talk to representatives from a range of organisations – including the Alzheimer’s Society to ask for advice. There will also be a vintage bus on site and a range of activities that will invite people to take a trip down memory lane.

“We are keen for people to realise that coming to the Ruskin Unit is simply part of the dementia journey, we offer that extra support that some people need.

“We work very closely with the community mental health teams that are actively involved with the family or individuals that need extra support, so when a person is admitted to Ruskin the community team still have a presence and remain involved to ensure that care runs smoothly. We all work hard to support the families the very best we can as we acknowledge the vital role family support has in recovery.’’

– Rikki Dawson, ward manager for the Ruskin Unit

The Ruskin Unit is based at the Carleton Clinic, Cumwhinton Drive, Carlisle, CA1 3SX.

New privacy system for NHS patients in Cumbria

NHS Credit: PA

A new patient privacy monitoring system has been introduced for hospitals run by Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.

FairWarning will use electronic patient records to identify patterns of inappropriate and illegitimate access to a patient’s health record and will alert managers.

This is subject to the consent of patients, and it means only people involved in their care can access their records.

Patients and their families trust us to look after lots of personal information about themselves in their clinical records.

I’m proud that we have an excellent track record of keeping information that should be confidential safe and secure.

As we move into an age when clinical records will be kept electronically, I want to reassure everyone that we will have systems that will properly protect their confidentiality."

– Dr Andrew Brittlebank, the Trust’s Caldicott Guardian

Cumbrian pilot study for treatment of migraines has shown positive results

The study looked at treating migraines Credit: PA

A Cumbrian pilot study that looked at a new way of treating migraines has shown positive results.

87% patients benefited from the treatment,which uses a technique that cools the nasal passages.

According to the trust, up to 15% of Cumbrians suffer from migraines and they are one of the main reasons for referrals into the Neurology service run by Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.

The study called COOLHEAD was led by Dr Jitka Vanderpol Consultant Neurologist from Trust’s Neurology Department.

“Migraines have been recognised by the World health organisation as one of the top 20 causes of disability among adults and it is becoming increasingly important to try and find novel non-pharmacological methods to treat migraine headaches.

"The results of the COOLHEAD study are promising."

– Dr Vanderpol

The COOLHEAD team will run a larger clinical trial this year.


Staff shortage forces bed closures in Workington Hospital

A staffing shortage has temporarily closed four hospital beds in Workington Credit: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire

A staffing shortage has temporarily reduced the capacity of Workington Hospital.

Four of the fourteen beds normally in use have been closed, leaving just ten available.

Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust says the situation has resulted from an "exceptional combination of circumstances" including an unplanned shortage of nurses.

It says the beds will reopen when the vacant positions are filled.

'No shame' in getting help for a mental health illness

A man from Carlisle is urging people who live with stress, panic, anxiety or depression to seek help.

Barrie Osgood says since his diagnosis, he has benefited from a mixture of medication, and from going to Ways to Wellbeing courses.

The courses, run by The Cumbria Partnership NHS Trust, have been attended by more than 700 people since they launched .

In Cumbria, about 125,000 people will be affected by a mental health illness during their lifetime.

Kendal College tackles 'No Smoking Day'

Students in Cumbria are being given advice on how to give up smoking as part of national 'No Smoking Day'.

The joint campaign between Kendal College and Cumbria Partnership NHS Trust is aiming to help students kick the habit by showing them the damaging effects of smoking with the help from a smartphone 'App'.

The smoking time machine app has been developed by members of the Cumbria Partnership Communications team and shows in graphic detail how old people will look after 10 or 20 years as a smoker.

"In spite of every effort to help some learners stop smoking by supplying free nicotine patches, and guidance; the addiction is difficult for them to cease.

"The new "App" created by the Cumbria NHS partnership is an excellent modern approach to give a learner some idea of what they will look like in years to come if they do not quit the habit.

"This is a brilliant, innovative concept which we fully endorse."

– Principal Graham Wilkinson, Kendal College