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WATCH: We put your healthcare questions to the Success Regime

A public consultation into plans to make major changes to healthcare in North, West and East Cumbria ended at midnight.

The Success Regime, which was brought in to look at problems in health care in the county, say the plans will improve services and save money.

But there's been some vocal public opposition, especially over proposals to cut beds in community hospitals and end consultant-led maternity care at the West Cumberland Hospital.

There have been many public meetings to discuss the plans and hear concerns, but some of you got in touch with us to say you still have questions. Here's Hannah McNulty, to try to get some answers.

Cumbria healthcare consultation finishes today

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The public consultation on proposed changed to healthcare in Cumbria finishes today.

People have until midnight tonight to have their say on the future of services in the county.

The NHS Success Regime wants to downgrade some services at Whitehaven's West Cumberland Hospital and reduce the overall number of community hospital beds in the county.


Cumbria healthcare consultation ends

The meetings, held by the NHS Success Regime, have finished after three months. Credit: ITV Border

A public consultation to discuss proposed changes to healthcare in Cumbria over the past three months, has finished.

people attended public meeting across Cumbria to have their say on proposals.

The meetings held by the NHS Success Regime, looked a proposals including downgrading maternity services at the West Cumberland Hospital and reducing the overall number of community hospital beds.

Ward 14 at DGRI closed due to norovirus outbreak


An outbreak of norovirus has forced ward 14 to close at Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary.

The hospital's Infection Control Team say they're monitoring the situation and have implemented full outbreak control measures.

Annan Hospital has also been closed due to an outbreak of the winter vomiting bug.

Both have been closed to new admissions, transfers and routine visiting.

“Our priority is always patient, public and staff safety. We appreciate that this temporary visiting restriction to Ward 14 and Annan Hospital may cause some frustration, this measure will allow us to help prevent further spread of the infection and ensure safe patient care. "Where circumstances are such that relatives are concerned about the need to visit their loved ones, they are asked to contact the ward before coming to the hospital.

"We are aware of a large number of reports of Norovirus within the community, and all members of the public visiting other areas of the hospital are asked to comply with the hand hygiene and infection control measures in place, and not to visit if they are feeling unwell themselves”.

– Dr Martin Connor, Consultant Microbiologist

'Save West Cumberland Hospital' petition hits 10,000 signatures

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An official petition to protect the future of services at the West Cumberland Hospital in Whitehaven, is now guaranteed a response from the government.

signatures have been made on the official government petition.

5,590 signatures were made by people living in Copeland, while 3,099 signatures are from Workington residents.

A public consultation on the future of healthcare in Cumbria, led by the government-appointed Success Regime, began this week. The process will discuss the regime's 'preferred' options - which includes downgrading maternity and emergency services at the hospital.


WATCH: Health boss says changes to health services are essential

Chairman of the government-appointed Success Regime, Sir Neil McKay, says changes to health services across Cumbria are essential, following the publication of a controversial consultation document.

Downgrading the West Cumberland Hospital's maternity unit, centralising stroke services in Carlisle and cutting beds from community hospitals are some options being considered.

The proposals are part of a new three month consultation called The Future of Healthcare in West, North and East Cumbria.

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