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New 'one-stop' surgical clinic to launch in Cockermouth

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A new ‘one stop’ surgical clinic in Cockermouth will offer hernia and gallstone patients an improved service, according to NHS bosses.

Surgeons from North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust will start the weekly clinic at Cockermouth Community Hospital from 6 April 2016, seeing approximately 12 patients a week.

Currently, patients attend hospital for an initial appointment with a surgeon followed by a pre-assessment appointment and then await a date for surgery. The new clinic will offer patients both the consultation and pre-assessment during the same appointment and a date for surgery will also be provided at the end of the appointment.

“I am delighted to introduce the new clinic which offers many advantages to hernia and gallstone patients.

"Rather than attending the hospital on two occasions and then awaiting a date for surgery, patients can attend one appointment in Cockermouth and leave knowing when their surgery will be.

‎“We are planning to offer patients a choice of dates for surgery at the Cumberland Infirmary and the state-of-the-art facilities at the new West Cumberland Hospital."

– John Wayman, consultant general surgeon at North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust

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Suspected gas leak closes Carlisle doctor's surgery

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A Carlisle doctor’s surgery has been evacuated following a suspected gas leak.

The Spencer Street Surgery is currently closed while engineers investigate.

NHS Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group say patient appointments are not going ahead at the moment and that further updates will be issued as soon as the information is available.

Update expected on Cumbria's NHS 'Success Regime'

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An update on the progress of Cumbria's NHS 'Success Regime' is being given today.

The Success Regime has introduced a number of clinician-led work groups, aimed at focusing on a specific area of challenge in the local health service.

Sir Neil McKay and Dr David Rogers will provide an update on progress made so far regarding the future of healthcare delivery in West, North and East Cumbria.

Key areas being looked at by the regime include urgent care, maternity services, children's services, elective surgery and mental health.

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Symptoms consistent with Norovirus close ward at Dumfries and Galloway hospital

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A ward at Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary closed this afternoon due to a suspected outbreak of diarrhoea and vomiting.

Admissions, transfers and routine visiting to ward 16 were suspended as a precautionary measure.

6 patients have been affected with what medics have called symptoms clinically consistent with Norovirus. An outbreak control team will review the situation in the morning.

'Nothing was said': fury as contaminated blood victims overlooked

The daughter of a Cumbrian man who was infected with HIV after a botched NHS blood transfusion has slammed the Chancellor's Spending Review.

Families of victims, like Mike Dorricott, had been expecting compensation to be mentioned in George Osborne's statement:

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