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1/4 of Cumbria parents aware of NHS lunchbox guidelines

A child's lunchbox should include starchy carbohydrates, fruit and veg Credit: PA

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.

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North Cumbria hospitals perform above national average for emergency care

The Trust’s overall performance was 92.6% in June and 93.2% in July Credit: ITV Border

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."

– Helen Ray, Chief Operating Officer, North Cumbria University Hospitals Trust

Update: Lochside Dental Clinic closure meeting held

Registered patients should continue to use the clinic for ongoing dental care Credit: ITV Border

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.

NHS Cumbria Clinical Group to hold annual meeting in Workington

All members of the public are welcome to attend the meetings. Credit: NHS North Cumbria

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.

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Doctors in Cumbria rated highly by patients

Credit: PA

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.

Cumbria Partnership computers 'still unavailable'

Computers are still down Credit: pa

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."

– Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust statement

Local hospitals hit by major cyber attack

Several hospital trusts have been hit by a cyber attack Credit: PA

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.

Trusts reportedly affected include:

  • North Cumbria
  • East Lancashire
  • Barts Health in London
  • Blackpool Teaching Hospitals
  • Colchester Hospitals University
  • Nottingham
  • East and North Hertfordshire

Cumbria health group to host public event on maternity and paediatric services

NHS North Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group will be hosting a 'Listening Event' in Workington Credit: NHS North Cumbria CCG

The NHS North Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group will be hosting a 'Listening Event' to "to help shape how local people and the NHS can work together to help develop and improve maternity and paediatric services in West, North and East Cumbria".

The event will be held at the Carnegie Theatre in Workington on Tuesday 16th May between 1-3pm and 5-7pm.

We heard very clearly during the consultation that the community thought there were more things the NHS can do to tackle the recruitment problems that challenge the service, and there are lots of ideas they want to share to help shape future services. This meeting is the first of many steps to take us in that direction and to help us work together more collaboratively.

– Dr David Rogers, medical director for NHS North Cumbria CCG
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