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Stroke victim sent home by doctor in Cumbria

A stroke victim was sent home from a Cumbria hospital by a doctor because "no stroke unit was available", according to an NHS report.

The patient was discharged by a locum doctor from one of the hospitals run by North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust, according to the trust's board papers.

An investigation has been launched by the trust's medical director into the process for appointing agency locum medical staff.

The locum in question no longer works at the trust, according to the document.

There were also three other "serious" patient incidents during June at the trust, which runs Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle, the West Cumberland Hospital in Whitehaven and a midwifery-led service at Penrith Community Hospital.

One patient was operated on after mistakenly being given a local instead of a general anaesthetic.

Medics missed a "mass" which should have been spotted on a chest X-ray of another patient.

And a consultant coughed during a procedure which resulted in a patient moving - which they claimed "affected the clinical outcome".

The trust is one of 11 that was put put into "special measures" for "fundamental breaches of care" following a review into 14 trusts with higher than expected death rates.

The investigation, led by NHS medical director Professor Sir Bruce Keogh, found that none of the hospitals investigated was providing "consistently high-quality care to patients".

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North Cumbria Trust bottom of national survey

Only 35% of staff working at the hospitals in Carlisle and Whitehaven would recommend the treatment available there.

The NHS national survey of just over 100,000 staff members, found that of 161 NHS trusts in England, the North Cumbria University Hospitals Trust came bottom.

The Morecambe Bay Trust, which runs the hospitals in Kendal, Barrow and Lancaster also did badly, with only 49% of staff there recommending the treatment they offered.

In the survey, staff were asked to respond to the statement:

“If a friend or relative needed treatment, I would be happy with the standard of care provided by this organisation”

– NHS Staff Survey

...and had to say whether they strongly agreed, agreed, disagreed, strongly disagreed or had no view.

The figures published in the Daily Telegraph found that nationally, around 60% of NHS staff would recommend the treatment at their hospitals to friends and family.

How to join the NHS Trust

Members of the public are being urged to help represent the views of local people by joining the North Cumbria Hospital Trust.

People from North Cumbria are being given the chance to find out more about becoming Governors at their local hospital.

The deadline for registering as a member of the NHS Trust is looming - interested candidates have until Thursday (17th January) to put their name forward. Elections will then take place.

Details on how to apply can be found below:

Membership is open to anyone aged 12 or over and it's free.

You can contact the Foundation Membership Team on: 0800 085 5950 or e-mail: foundation@northumbria.nhs.uk

Potential members can click here to sign up.

For more information about becoming a governor please click here.

Public urged to join local NHS trust

Members of the public are being urged to help represent the views of local people by joining the North Cumbria Hospital Trust.

People from North Cumbria are being given the chance to find out more about becoming Governors at their local hospital.

Governors carry out roles which involve shaping the future of hospital services in the region.

Anyone interested in becoming a Governor must join the NHS Trust first, before putting themselves forward for the role.

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Dr Foster report highlights hospital issues

A new report by Dr Foster, the independent health watchdog, has found that the trust which runs the hospitals in Carlisle and Whitehaven is amongst the worst 12 in the country in regards to mortality rates.

The North Cumbria Trust rated higher than expected for both deaths following hospital treatment and deaths while in hospital care. However, deaths after surgery and deaths in low risk conditions both fell within acceptable boundaries.

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