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WATCH: Cumbrian woman backs national brain tumour campaign

A Cumbria woman whose father has terminal brain cancer is backing a national campaign for more research into the disease.

Vicky Mason from Whitehaven has been raising awareness of brain tumours since her father Christopher Todd was diagnosed two years ago

This week the charity Brain Tumour Research published a report highlighting the problem of underfunding in the UK - something the Government is now looking into with a special task group. Matthew Taylor reports.


Community hospital 'crunch meetings'

The future of some of Cumbria's community hospitals are back in the spotlight today.

After a series of protests by campaigners against proposed changes, health bosses are holding public meetings in Wigton and Alston to address people's concerns.

The Success Regime is tasked with improving healthcare in the county.

Text message health service continuing over summer

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A text message service for young people in Cumbria to contact their school nurse confidentially about health-related issues will continue to run during the summer holidays.

ChatHealth is available to secondary school pupils between the ages of eleven and nineteen.

“Throughout the summer holidays we want to continue supporting young people and help give them advice on any worries they have. Our new text messaging service for 11-19 year olds is a great way for young people to get in touch with us if they need a confidential chat over something they are concerned about.

“We can help with a wide range of issues such as giving advice on bullying, emotional health and well-being and sexual health as well as answering all other queries.”

– Amanda Hulse, School Nurse at Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

ChatHealth is available Monday to Friday from 9.00am to 4.00pm and all throughout the year. The number to text the service is 07480 635 458.

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

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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.

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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.

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