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Six week public consultation launched by NHS

A public consultation has been launched by the NHS in Cumbria.

People living in Allerdale, Copeland, Carlisle and Eden will help to inform a five year plan to improve the county's NHS.

“We are already seeing some real improvementsacross health services which are resulting in benefits for patients. During theengagement exercise over the next couple of months we want to hear more fromlocal people about what is most important to them to help them to stay well andwhen they need to access health services.”

– Dr Hugh Reeve, clinical chair of NHS Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group

The consultations will begin next week and run for six weeks.

You can attend the meetings at the following locations:

  • Wednesday, 16 April from 10am to 2pm - Market, Pow Street, Workington
  • Thursday, 17 April from 10am to 2pm - Market, Criffle Street, Silloth
  • Saturday, 26 April from 10am to 1:30pm - Farmers' Market, Market Place, Brampton
  • Friday 2 May from 10am to 2pm - Farmer's Market, English Street, Carlisle
  • Thursday 15 May from 10am to 2pm - Moot Hall Area Market, Keswick
  • Saturday 17 May 10am to 2pm - Market Place Whitehaven
  • Tuesday 20 May 10am to 2pm - Farmers' Market, Clock Tower, Penrith
  • Monday 26 May 10am to 2pm - Bank Holiday Plant Market, Wilkinson Car Park, Cockermouth

NHS public consultation launched

North Cumbrian health organisations are launching a public consultation to gauge opinion of the NHS.

Findings from people living in Allerdale, Copeland, Carlisle and Eden will help inform a five year plan to improve the county's NHS.

The plan, which is currently being drafted, will build on a range of developments already in place to provide better health services.

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Trust 'genuinely excited about opportunities ahead'

The Trust has had a difficult few years. A few days ago three junior doctors were removed from their posts at the West Cumberland Hospital because there weren't enough senior staff to support them. Staff shortages have previously been criticised and the Trust has also dealt with financial issues.

The Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust is working with the hospitals under a 'buddy' system of support. A planned takeover is currently on hold after the Cumbrian Trust was put into special measures. A £90 million redevelopment of the Whitehaven site is due to be completed later this year.

The Trust is entering a very exciting phase of development, delivering our safety and quality improvements and working very closely with our official buddy trustNorthumbria Healthcare.There can be no denying the historical problems we have faced with recruitment but we are genuinely excited about the opportunities which lie ahead, especially with the new West Cumberland Hospital opening and the overall positive direction which the organisation is now taking.

– Dr Jeremy Rushmer, Medical Director, North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust

Worldwide hunt for Cumbrian Hospital staff

A worldwide hunt is underway to recruit staff for two Cumbrian hospitals. The troubled North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust which runs the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle and West Cumberland Hospital in Whitehaven needs to hire dozens of Consultants, Doctors and Nurses.

The recruitment drive is being dubbed 'Looking for a fresh start' with hospital bosses hoping to attract more people like Consultant Paediatrician Dr Jason Gane, a South African who has just moved with his family from London to live and work in Cumbria

New approach to try and recruit next generation of NHS staff in Cumbria

Careers Fair
A careers fair is being held at Lakes College in Lillyhall Credit: ITV News Border

An NHS careers fair is being held at Lakes College in Lillyhall to try and attract the next generation of healthcare professionals. An ageing population, younger people leaving the county and the lack of a specialist skills centre are all reasons the NHS can struggle to recruit.

The Cumbria Parternship NHS Foundation Trust has organised the event. It employs around 4000 people within the county.

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Dumfries dental patients' HIV scare

Dentist and patient Credit: PA

Around 250 dental patients in Dumfries have been warned of a 'slight risk' that they may have been exposed to HIV, after a former dentist who treated them was found to have the disease.

The former dentist, who has not been named to protect patient confidentiality, treated people in Dumfries over a three year period.

The dentist provided locum Sunday emergency cover at Nithbank Hospital between April 2004 and 2007.

Patients in the NHS Dumfries and Galloway area have been warned as a precaution of "a very slight risk that they might have been exposed to the virus".

"Shocking" local variation in early death rates

A "shocking" local variation in early death rates has been exposed by Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt, showing that Cumbria is graded in the "worst" category for premature mortality.

The overall figures show that the north of England has a higher risk of early death than the south.

The Longer Lives is a new Public Health England (PHE) website which allows people to see how their local areas perform on early deaths caused by the four main killers, including cancer and heart disease.

You can view the "health map" here.

Mr Hunt is hoping that the website will improve public awareness on local health issues and help local councils and NHS boards to take action in tackling public health problems.

A traffic light system is used to display what areas are best, better than average, worse than average and worst.

“This shocking variation in early and unnecessary deaths means people’s lives are needlessly cut short, and that cannot continue unchecked.

“I want areas to use the data released today to identify local public health challenges like smoking, drinking and obesity and to take action to help achieve our ambition for saving 30,000 lives a year by 2020.

“Being more transparent will also allow professionals and the public to see how their local area is performing over time, allowing them to intervene and make improvements happen.”

– Jeremy Hunt, Health Secretary
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