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Keswick hospital petition

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More than 1,000 people have signed a petition against changes to Keswick's community hospital.

They're concerned by suggestions the number of beds available to patients could be reduced and are planning to raise their concerns with Cumbria's NHS Success Regime at a public meeting today.

New head trauma centre opens in Borders

Heads Together in Hawick Credit: ITV Border

A new centre specialising in dealing with traumatic head injuries has opened in the Scottish Borders.

Heads Together, which is specifically for those with brain injuries, has moved from their former premises in Galashiels to their new centre in Hawick.

The charity helps people who've suffered from the likes of a stroke or an industrial accident, by providing company and support for those struggling with every day tasks.

Opening of the new centre Credit: ITV Border

The Chairman of Heads Together, Steve Turnbull, was diagnosed with a brain tumour six years ago and has suffered several strokes since.

He helped to set up Heads Together three years ago.

"It's been hard I mean I nearly gave in. I don't think I would be alive now if it wasn't for the charity I really don't. It's kept us going, it's given us a focus and I've moved on.

"To start with, everyone goes through a feeling sorry for yourself stage and I did that and I decided I was wanting to fight back."

– Steve Turnbull, Chairman, Heads Together

One man who says the centre has been a lifeline for him is Joe Devlin, who sustained a brain injury from a quad bike accident.


Junior doctors in 48-hour walkout

Cumberland Infirmary Credit: ITV Border

Junior doctors in Cumbria are staging a 48-hour strike from 8am today as part of a long-running contract dispute with the Government.

No operations are expected to be cancelled at Carlisle's Cumberland Infirmary or the West Cumberland Hospital in Whitehaven but NHS bosses are warning some appointments may be affected.

In South Cumbria, the NHS trust says it's already contacted patients who will be affected.


Postnatal depression: advice and support

Many women, and their families, experience mental health issues during and after pregnancy.

Support is available, locally, to help and guide new mothers and their families through the stress of pregnancy.

Postnatal depression: the facts

Postnatal depression is more common than many people realise, affecting around one in 10 women after they have given birth.

The NHS says postnatal depresson tends to develop within the first six weeks of giving birth, often becoming more apparent after around six months.

Teenage mothers are at higher risk of developing postnatal depression.

The condition can go unnoticed, with many women unaware of having it.

Symptoms can include low mood, feeling unable to cope and difficulty sleeping.

More information can be found on the NHS website.

New garden to aid patient recovery at Cumbrian hospital

Photo of the garden after work was completed Credit: Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Patients at a Cumbrian hospital are now able to enjoy a new and improved garden to aid them in their recovery.

The garden at Wigton Community Hospital was given a major overhaul so it can be used as a therapeutic area for patients and enjoyed by visitors, staff and gardening groups.

Landscaping works cost £10,000 with the funding raised through donations from patients and a contribution from the hospital’s League of Friends.

Volunteers from the Allerby Garden Project and students from Nelson Thomlinson School have also been providing support by helping clearing the garden before contractors began the landscaping and digging out, planting beds and completing woodworking projects.

"The garden has different surfaces, textures, steps and ramps so patients will experience more rounded therapy sessions to help their recovery.

“We are also hoping it will become a free to nibble area, where staff and visitors are encouraged to help themselves to produce as it ripens and also to provide education about healthy diets. We are keen that the space reflects people’s previous experience of gardening and rural life and the garden can evolve through patient suggestions.”

– Becky Blake, Occupational Therapist
Photo of the garden prior to work Credit: Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Public drop-ins to help shape future of health and social care in Scottish Borders

Susan Manion, Chief Officer for Health and Social Care Integration in the Borders and Cllr Catriona Bhatia, SBC’s Executive Member for Health Service and Chair of the Integrated Joint Board Credit: Scottish Borders Council

People in the Scottish Borders are being asked for their views to help shape the future of health and social care in the area.

Scottish Borders Council is hosting a series of drop-in events so Borderers can take a look at and discuss the council's ‘A conversation with You’ document.

The views and feedback people give at these sessions will then see the document developed into a first draft which will be issued for further public consultation between July and September.

Drop-in sessions are being held at between 6:30pm and 8pm at the following locations:

- Wednesday 20 May – Community Centre, Eyemouth - Thursday 21 May – Heart of Hawick - Monday 25 May – Argus Centre, Selkirk - Tuesday 26 May – Council Chamber, Duns - Thursday 28 May – Burgh Hall, Peebles

“It is crucial that we get the views of as many people as possible to help develop the next draft of our Strategic Plan which will set out our vision for how Scottish Borders Council (SBC) and NHS Borders will deliver adult health and social care services.

“The first draft which is currently available is really just to help us start the conversation with residents – hence why it is called ‘A conversation with You’.

“At this stage, it simply provides an overview of the services we are integrating as well as our proposed vision, aims and objectives for the partnership. We need input from the public before we can go into further detail and this is why attendance at these events is really important.

“There is no need to book a place, just come along and have your say.”

– Susan Manion, Chief Officer for Health and Social Care Integration in the Borders
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