PHE says up to a fifth of antibiotic prescriptions are unnecessary - taken for illnesses such as coughs and sore throats.Read the full story ›
Only a quarter of parents in Cumbria are aware of NHS guidelines concerning healthy packed lunches for their children. The Eatwell guide says a child's lunchbox should:
- be based on starchy carbohydrates (bread, potatoes, rice, pasta).
- include fresh fruit and vegetables/salad.
- include a source of protein such as beans and pulses, eggs, fish, meat, cheese (or dairy alternative).
- include a side dish such as a low-fat and lower-sugar yoghurt (or dairy alternative), tea cake, fruit bread, plain rice/corn cakes, homemade plain popcorn, sugar-free jelly.
- include a drink such as water, skimmed or semi-skimmed milk, sugar- free or no-added-sugar drinks.
More than 1000 mental health patients in Scotland have been sent to other health boards for treatment in the past three years.Read the full story ›
Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle and West Cumberland Hospital in Whitehaven have ranked 31st out of 138 Trusts in England for Accident and Emergency performance.
The national standard is that 95% of patients should be seen, treated, admitted or discharged in under four hours. North Cumbria University Hospitals Trust's overall performance was 92.6% in June and 93.2% in July:
I would like to say ‘well done’ and ‘thank you’ to our staff. Our continually-improving national ranking is a real testament to the hard work our teams put in day in, day out in order to provide patients at both of our hospital sites with timely access to care."
Following the announced closure of Lochside Dental Clinic, a meeting held by the NHS Board has agreed complete withdrawal of routine NHS General Dental Services at the clinic, including further support for patients to transfer practices.
The meeting held on Monday, 7 August 2017 concluded that until notified otherwise, registered patients should continue to use the clinic for ongoing dental care.
A new report shows the Scottish Government needs to improve workforce planning for the NHS if the health service is to meet future demands.Read the full story ›
NHS North Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group’s (CCG) next Governing Body Meeting and Annual General Meeting is set to take place on Wednesday 2 August in Workington.
The meeting will be held at The Oval Centre, Salterbeck Drive, Salterbeck.
This will come before the Annual General Meeting which will take place in the same location from 1.00pm.
All members of the public are welcome to attend the meetings.
Cumbrian General Practitioners (GPs) have been praised by their patients and rated above the national average for getting access to services.
An NHS England survey found that 97% of patients in North Cumbria had confidence and trust in the GP they were seeing, compared to 95% nationally.
There are still no operational computers at Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, following the global cyber attack.
In a statement the Trust said that they hope to be operating business as usual on Monday with minimal disruption.
However, at the moment staff are being reminded to keep their computers switched off unless instructed otherwise by their line manager.
"We would like to thank all of our staff who have worked round the clock tirelessly to ensure our patients are safe and to get computers up and running again."
A number of GP surgeries and hospitals across Cumbria have been hit by a computer virus that's forced them to shut down their IT systems.
NHS England has confirmed that the virus, a ransomware attack called "Wanna Decryptor", is affecting clinics across the country.
Staff have been forced to switch off their computers while experts try to locate and fix the problem.
Ambulances have been diverted and patients are warned to avoid some A&E departments across the country.
It's not known yet whether confidential patient details have been compromised.
We are aware of a major IT secure system attack. All IT systems have been temporarily shut down. More information will be available shortly
Trusts reportedly affected include:
- North Cumbria
- East Lancashire
- Barts Health in London
- Blackpool Teaching Hospitals
- Colchester Hospitals University
- East and North Hertfordshire