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Cumbrian doctors named among best in country

The Health Service Journal found that Cumbria has a higher percentage of outstanding practices. Credit: ITV Border

Doctors in Cumbria have been rated among the best in the country.

The Health Service Journal reviewed the Care Quality Commission's ratings across England.

It found that Cumbria has a higher percentage of outstanding practices than most other parts of England.


Christmas opening hours: Scottish Borders pharmacies

All GP practises will be closed on December 25th and 26th, and January 1st and 2nd.

The following pharmacies are open:


Eildon Pharmacy, Newtown St Boswells 12.00 – 2.00 p.m


Boots Pharmacy, Berwick 10.00 – 5.00p.m

GLM Romanes Ltd, Duns 10.00 – 12.00p.m

Pharmacy, Galashiels 8.30 – 6.00p.m

Boots Pharmacy, Hawick 9.00 – 4.30p.m

Lloyds Pharmacy, Kelso 11.00 – 1.00p.m

Boots Pharmacy, Melrose 11.00 – 2.00p.m

Boots Pharmacy, Peebles 11.00 – 3.00p.m


Lloyds Pharmacy, Galashiels 11.00 – 2.00p.m

If you or someone you care for is unwell contact the NHS 24 helpline on 08454 24 24 24, or 999 in an emergency.

Christmas opening hours: Cumbria chemists

Some chemists in Cumbria will have extended opening hours over Christmas and New year.

Here are the chemists hours for chemists in Carlisle and west Cumbria:

  • Christmas Day: Superdrug Pharmacy, The Lanes, Carlisle: 6pm - 7pm
  • Boxing day: Asda Pharmacy Kingstown: 3pm - 5pm
  • New Years Day: Dalston Pharmacy, Harraby: 2pm - 3pm
  • Christmas Day: AF Norman, Senhouse St Maryport. 12pm-1pm
  • Boxing Day: Boots Chemist, Murray Road, Workington. 1pm - 3pm
  • New Years day: J.S Urwin, Main Road, Workington 12pm - 1pm

'Health inequalities are long-standing'

"Health inequalities are long-standing and entrenched in Scotland.

"Tackling this has been a priority for successive governments but most indicators show the problem remains substantial.

"Across the country, there are particular areas of poverty where people have higher healthcare needs. Resources should be better targeted at those who require them most."

– Caroline Gardner, Auditor General for Scotland,

Report finds 'substantial' inequalities in Scottish's health

The distribution of GPs in Scotland does not reflect the higher levels of poor health and greater need in poor areas, an Audit Scotland report has found.

Despite general improvements in the health of the nation, vast inequalities remain between the least and most deprived communities, according to the Health inequalities in Scotland publication.

People in deprived areas also have higher rates of heart disease, obesity, diabetes, drug and alcohol misuse and poor mental health.

Men in the most deprived areas typically die 11 years earlier than those in the most affluent, and the gap is 7.5 years for women, the report found.