"Having this new technology, and the mobile technology that will be part of the system, will mean that wherever we are in Cumbria, whether we are in a community hospital or a patient's home or a clinic setting we will have access to the very latest, up to date information about that patients health, right at our fingertips, and we have never had that before. So it makes a difference to the patient, we have the most up to date prescriptions, assessment results that may have been done by colleagues, test results, right there when we see the patient when we need them."
The Trust that runs the NHS in Cumbria has invested £10 million in new technology.
Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust hope the investment will lead to savings of £30 million in the future.
It will allow health providers to access patient information quickly. The Trust hope the new infrastructure will improve patient care.
Health staff across Cumbria have taken part in a strike over pay. Planned operations were postponed and clinics cancelled as workers from several unions walked out for four hours this morning.
It was part of an England-wide day of action. The UK government says it can't afford to give all staff the 1 per cent pay rise they're calling for. Katie Hunter reports:
Health workers across Cumbria staged a fresh round of industrial action this morning in an ongoing bitter row over pay.
The Society of Radiographers joined 10 other unions to protest at the government's decision not to accept a recommended one percent pay rise for all NHS workers. According to the society, this is the first year since 1982 that radiographers have gone on strike over pay.
The Government says it can't afford the pay rise without risking jobs.
"It's since 2008 that we haven't had an increase in pay, apart from our incremental pay rises as you progress through your career. We don't have anywhere else to work - the NHS is the sole provider, really, of jobs for radiographers. Jobs in the private sector are almost negligible unless you want to go and work for agencies, so we can't go and find a better paid job elsewhere, we have to work for the NHS. "
Health workers across Cumbria will stage a fresh round of industrial action this morning in an ongoing bitter row over pay.
Staff including nurses, midwifes and radiographers, will walk out for 4 hours in another protest at the government's decision not to accept a recommended one percent pay rise for all NHS workers.
A struggling Cumbrian NHS Trust has been bailed out with £42million, according to a report out today by the National Audit Office.
North Cumbria University Hospitals Trust received the highest total out of 46 NHS bodies in England during 2013/14.
The money was given to cash-strapped NHS trusts and foundations, including North Cumbria, to help them overcome their deficit.
Margaret Hodge, chairwoman of the Public Accounts Committee, said the "deeply alarming report" showed the future sustainability of the NHS was at risk.
"This is a deeply alarming report. I do not believe it is an exaggeration to say that the future sustainability of our National Health Service is at risk.
The gross deficit of NHS and foundation trusts is up by an extraordinary 150%.
Some trusts are only getting by on handouts."
Radiographers at hospitals across the region are due to go on strike today for the first time in more than 30 years, in a dispute over pay.
They'll stop work for four hours and carry out further industrial action for the rest of the week.
It comes a week after other members of the NHS went out on strike over the same issue.
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Cumbria has more alcohol-related deaths and hospital admissions than the regional average, a new report has revealed.
One in five people in the county are drinking enough alcohol to increase the risk of damaging their health according to Alcohol Concern.
Alcohol-related health conditions also cost the NHS in Cumbria more than £7 million.
NHS Borders has apologised after pain relief for a dying woman in the last hours of her life was delayed.
The Scottish Public Services Ombudsman upheld a complaint from the patient's daughter, over care provided at Borders General Hospital.
They've made four recommendations, and have stated the patient, called Mrs A, suffered unnecessarily because staff failed to check her condition despite family members reporting her distress.
It added that drugs could have provided some relief, if they had been administered earlier.