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Views sought on maternity services in South Lakes

People in Kendal are being asked to make their thoughts known on maternity services in the county.

The University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust is holding a special event from 11am-2pm at South Lakes Foyer, Yard 95 in the town.

The Trust is looking to talk to anyone that is, or has been, involved with maternity services, such as mums-to-be, mums, dads, carers, people who support and care for babies, and friends and families of people that have used the service.

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New 'one-stop' surgical clinic to launch in Cockermouth

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A new ‘one stop’ surgical clinic in Cockermouth will offer hernia and gallstone patients an improved service, according to NHS bosses.

Surgeons from North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust will start the weekly clinic at Cockermouth Community Hospital from 6 April 2016, seeing approximately 12 patients a week.

Currently, patients attend hospital for an initial appointment with a surgeon followed by a pre-assessment appointment and then await a date for surgery. The new clinic will offer patients both the consultation and pre-assessment during the same appointment and a date for surgery will also be provided at the end of the appointment.

“I am delighted to introduce the new clinic which offers many advantages to hernia and gallstone patients.

"Rather than attending the hospital on two occasions and then awaiting a date for surgery, patients can attend one appointment in Cockermouth and leave knowing when their surgery will be.

‎“We are planning to offer patients a choice of dates for surgery at the Cumberland Infirmary and the state-of-the-art facilities at the new West Cumberland Hospital."

– John Wayman, consultant general surgeon at North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust

Suspected gas leak closes Carlisle doctor's surgery

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A Carlisle doctor’s surgery has been evacuated following a suspected gas leak.

The Spencer Street Surgery is currently closed while engineers investigate.

NHS Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group say patient appointments are not going ahead at the moment and that further updates will be issued as soon as the information is available.

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