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Millom Hospital set to re-open after recent closure

Millom Community Hospital will re-open to in-patients on Monday 19 May.

The nine bed ward at the community hospital closed after problems securing medical cover.

The NHS Foundation Trust have confirmed they will open four beds next week, and the rest will be open by August.

The re-opening has been possible after GP cover has been found.

About 2,000 people from the local community held a march to protest against the in-patient unit closure on the 7th May.

Millom march over fears the hospital will stay closed

A march is taking place in Millom this evening to save the town's Community Hospital, after it closed to in-patients this afternoon.

The NHS Foundation Trust say the closure is a temporary one, due to staffing issues. But protestors have gathered at the hospital this evening over fears it will shut for good.

Jenny Longden reports:

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Thousands expected to protest against hospital closure

People in Millom will stage a protest today against the alleged closing of Millom Hospital.

Campaigners say several thousand people are expected to march through the town.

They say staffing issues at the hospital mean it won't be able to stay open and believe that when the last patient leaves, the hospital will close.

But the NHS Foundation say the hospital will stay open and that staffing issues mean they don't have cover for in-patient wards.

Woman sent to prison for making hoax bomb calls

A woman from Bradford has been sent to prison for making a number of hoax calls to places across the country - including in Cumbria - reporting bombs being on the premises.

48-year-old Jacqueline Hustler made calls to three places across the region on 29 October; at the Marks and Spencer in Kendal, Millom Hospital and the Westmorland General Hospital in Kendal.

All three reported that they had received a phone call to say that there was a bomb in the building.

In the call to Marks and Spencer in Kendal, Hustler called herself Marcus Cartwright and alleged a bomb had been planted in the store.

She also said that the person responsible was still on the premises holding a member of staff and a young child hostage.

The 48-year-old was arrested by West Yorkshire Police following her identification as a result of work carried out by detectives in Cumbria - and was subsequently sentenced to three and a half years at Bradford Crown Court for communicating false information with intent.