Staff at The West Cumberland Hospital were described as 'full of passion' after a tour from The Royal College of Nursing director.Read the full story ›
The Great North Children's Hospital is aiming to bring clinics to locations across Cumbria -saving ill children travelling long distances.Read the full story ›
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.
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:
The family of a Cumbrian who suffered a botched blood transfusion are furious there was no reference to compensation in the Spending Review.Read the full story ›
North Cumbria has been selected as a region with healthcare difficulties, and is part of the new Success Regime plan.Read the full story ›
The County Council says increased funding for the Morecambe Bay Trust should be replicated throughout Cumbria.Read the full story ›
A patients' group in Cumbria says some people are facing unacceptable delays in cancer diagnosis and treatment.
A Healthwatch survey found nearly a third of respondents in Copeland visited their GP five or more times before being diagnosed. Health managers say they welcome the report but question whether the reality is as bad as the survey's findings suggest. Katie Hunter reports.
NHS Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust, (UMBHT) and North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust (NCUHT) have responded to a report into Cumbria’s cancer services by Healthwatch.
All three NHS organisations say they agree improvements are needed and insist that efforts are being made to deliver them.
The organisations also stress that ensuring access to high quality cancer services for people living in Cumbria is a priority for all partners within the local NHS.
Healthwatch has requested a response to its report within 20 days, and a comprehensive response will be provided and made public.
“The CCG welcomes the report and recognises some of the issues within the report. I think it is important to reassure people of our own findings which show a different and more positive picture. The CCG conducted an audit of 2,300 patients diagnosed with cancer with only 86 of those visiting their GP five or more times before being referred. Over 500 were not diagnosed through their GP but following a screening test or an emergency hospital admission.
“The CCG works closely with its partners to flag up issues regarding waiting times and how these can be improved. Our priority is to improve the health economy of Cumbria and we are working hard to instigate the changes needed to ensure delivery of robust, safe, high quality and affordable services. The key message here is that early diagnosis is vital in the fight against cancer and we need to ensure our clinical staff are trained in recognising symptoms. We will be working with Healthwatch and our partners to encourage people to attend screenings when requested and to see a GP if they feel they have symptoms of cancer.”
A health watchdog has launched a review of cancer services in Cumbria over concerns about diagnosis and treatment delays in the county.Read the full story ›