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NHS services affected by severe weather

Patients have been advised by hospitals across the region not to travel in bad weather if they have appointments to get to, with many hospitals cancelling or postponing non-urgent appointments and procedures.

It comes after the Beast from the East brought a blanket of snow to the region, causing disruption to travel.

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Travel conditions have been so hazardous that staff at North Cumbrian hospitals with 4x4 vehicles were asked to help others to get into work safely.

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And mountain rescue teams were also called out to assist staff making visits to patients in Cumbria.

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Cumbrian health campaigners join national fight

Health campaigners in Cumbria Credit: ITV Border

Campaigners in Cumbria took part in a nationwide day of action today in protest over the running and funding of the NHS.

They gathered in Carlisle City centre earlier to share their view that the government is failing to provide the service with enough financial support.

"The conditions the staff are working under are really hard and I think what breaks my heart is that all of the doctors and all of the nurses and all of the other health care staff really care passionately about delivering the best health care service that they can to their patients.

"But they are having their hands tied behind their back at the moment by the lack of funding."

– Dr Helen Davison, former NHS doctor

The campaigners accused the government of not providing enough funding for the winter. A claim the Department for Health refuted.

"We know the NHS is extremely busy, which is why the Government supported it this winter with an additional £437million of funding, and why it was given top priority in the recent Budget with an extra £2.8bn allocated over the next two years.

"Despite the extra pressure that comes with winter, the most recently published monthly figures shows hardworking staff treated 55,328 people within four hours every single day - 1,272 more each day than in the same month the previous year.”

– Department of Health


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.


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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