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A&Es performances in Cumbria remain above average

West Cumberland Hospital, Whitehaven Credit: ITV Border

The performances of A&Es in Cumbria have remained above the national average, according to latest figures by NHS England.

North Cumbria NHS Trust (NCUH), which runs the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle and West Cumberland Hospital in Whitehaven, was ranked 53rd out of 138 Trusts with a major A&E department in England.

The national average for Trusts was 85.7%. NCUH’s overall performance was 90%. The national target is 95% of patients being seen, treated, admitted or discharged from A&E in under four hours.

The Trust has been making some changes to strengthen clinical nursing leadership particularly in emergency care. We have remained above the national average 13 months consistently.

The entire staff are getting better at seeing patients more quickly and we continue to improve month to month. We couldn’t do this without our dedicated A&E staff who work hard every day to improve the services they deliver.

– Stephen Eames, Chief Executive, North Cumbria NHS Trust


Concerns over consultant cover in north Cumbria

Concerns over consultant cover at hospitals in north Cumbria Credit: ITV

Concerns have been raised over consultant cover on weekends at hospitals in North Cumbria.

According to a new report, North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust has had as few as four consultants on duty on a Saturday and Sunday to cover 485 patients and two accident and emergencies.

Jeremy Rushmer, Interim Medical Director at the trust, said: "Surgery in North Cumbria is run as an on-call service with consultant surgeons available in all sub-specialties 24/7 as opposed to a 'shift system'.

"This allows complete cover over a longer period of time with the limited consultant workforce available.

"This is the standard approach nationally and we comply fully with all Royal College of Surgeons and Association of Surgeons guidelines and recommendations."