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Morecambe Bay Hospitals Trust set for special measures

The Chief Inspector of hospitals in England has recommended that the NHS trust that runs the Westmorland General Hospital in Kendal be placed into special measures.

The Westmorland General was found to be providing a good overall service Credit: ITV Border

It follows a series of inspections that found that the quality of care at two of its hospitals needed improvement, although the Westmorland General itself was providing a good service overall.

The county's two other main hospitals are already in special measures.

Help at hand with new pilot health check service

If you are unfortunate enough to be living with a chronic disease you will know that one of the most important things is having your health and your condition monitored on a regular basis.

However, getting to your GP surgery or hospital can be difficult, especially if you live in a rural area.

Now though, help could be on the way for some people in South West Scotland.

A pilot project to help people with lung disease carry out their own checks has been launched.

It is called the Annan Remote Monitoring test, and Lori Carnochan went to find out more.


Hospitals issue warning over visiting A&E unnecessarily

Health bosses in Cumbria are urging people not to use hospital A and E departments unless it is a genuine emergency.

The pressures on A and E are heightened over the winter months, and non-emergency cases can clog up the system... but what exactly is an emergency?

Matthew Taylor has been to the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle to find out.


South West Scotland to get new hospital

The Scottish Government have approved a business plan for a £200 million hospital to be built near to the A75 in Dumfries.

It will provide 350 beds and is due be completed in five years.

The Scottish health secretary, Alex Neil, said it would provide high quality health care services for the people of Dumfries and Galloway.

Carlisle MP meets Health Secretary over hospital care concerns

Carlisle's MP John Stevenson has met the Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt today as concerns continue over care at North Cumbria's acute hospitals.

The trust that runs the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle and the West Cumberland Hospital in Whitehaven is one of fourteen in Britain being investigated for its high death rates.

The trust is due to take control after the North Cumbria Trust was accused of serious failures.

Mr Stevenson asked Jeremy Hunt to speed up the takeover of the hospitals by the Northumbria NHS Trust:

Digital ward to improve hospital experience

“We can’t see A&E departments in isolation - we have to look at how patients move through the whole hospital.

“This secure new technology will improve how quickly people are treated in our hospitals and how quickly we can get them back at home. I want all boards to have an electronic system in place.

“The system gives full visibility of what is happening across hospital and cuts down on phone calls and assists with the flow of patients in the hospital, reducing delays.”

– Health Secretary Alex Neil

“Our system helps to prevent patients staying in hospital longer than they need to and makes sure that our beds are used effectively. We don’t want anyone to be in the wrong ward, or in hospital longer than they need to be - and neither do our patients!”

– Dr Hamish McRitchie, Borders General Hospital

Borders 'Digital Ward' Scheme to be rolled out across Scotland

The new digital map

Hospital staff in the Borders have pioneered a new digital system for tracking patients which will be rolled out across Scotland.

A virtual map of the hospital ward is displayed on a large touchscreen and patient details can be accessed by touching icons.

It has been designed to allow staff to act more quickly to treat patients or transfer them when beds become available.

The Scottish Government said the trial in NHS Borders suggested that the digital ward had the potential to reduce patients' average stay in hospital.

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