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WATCH: Extra support for north Cumbria's healthcare system welcomed

Doctors, politicians and campaigners have all welcomed the news that the entire health care system in North Cumbria is to receive extra support from the NHS.

North Cumbria is one of three areas in England to benefit from the new so-called "success regime".

The Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle, and the West Cumberland Hospital in Whitehaven are already in special measures. Katie Hunter reports.

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'It's got to be seen as a positive'

Carlisle MP John Stevenson has said the announcement that a new "Support Regime" will be put in place at north Cumbria's two main hospitals has "got to be seen as a positive".

NHS England has unveiled plans for North Cumbria University Hospitals Trust, which runs both the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle and Whitehaven's West Cumberland Hospital.

Jamie Reed welcomes intervention at north Cumbria's hospitals

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Copeland MP Jamie Reed has welcomed the announcement that a new support regime will be put in place at north Cumbria's two main hospitals

NHS England has unveiled plans for North Cumbria University Hospitals Trust, which runs both the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle and Whitehaven's West Cumberland Hospital.

Reed said it was "the first step on the long road to ensuring healthcare in West Cumbria is both high quality and sustainable".

NHS regulators to oversee key services in north Cumbria

The Cumberland Infirmary is one of two hospitals in the region to receive a new 'support regime' Credit: ITV Border

NHS regulators have stepped in to oversee the running of key services at north Cumbria's two main hospitals.

Simon Stevens, the chief executive of NHS England, has unveiled plans for what he said would be a new 'support regime' for areas with systemic challenges in providing high quality healthcare.

The new regime will be introduced at three trusts, including North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust, which runs both the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle and Whitehaven's West Cumberland Hospital.

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Cumbrians asked to get knitting for dementia patients

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Cumbrians are being asked to get out their knitting needles to help patients with dementia.

North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust is launching a scheme where volunteers make a ‘twiddlemuff’, a basic knitted hand muff that has items such as buttons and flowers attached.

It's believed the design offers patients stimulation as they can "twiddle it in their hands", and can stop them harming themselves by taking out their cannula or scratching themselves.

The scheme has proved successful at other hospitals around the country.

Now the Trust is calling on keen knitters to help create a steady supply of twiddlemuffs, or for the less creative, to donate any leftover or odd balls of wool.

“Patients with dementia require distractive techniques as they tend to pull at their cuffs or clothes, or can even harm themselves, scratching at their hands or pulling out cannulas delivering intravenous fluids.

Twiddlemuffs have been proven to be an excellent way of distracting patients with dementia and keeping them calm, thereby allowing us to deliver safe, quality care.”

– Christine Musgrave, Elderly care matron and leader of the scheme

The knitting pattern can be found online.

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