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Trust 'genuinely excited about opportunities ahead'

The Trust has had a difficult few years. A few days ago three junior doctors were removed from their posts at the West Cumberland Hospital because there weren't enough senior staff to support them. Staff shortages have previously been criticised and the Trust has also dealt with financial issues.

The Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust is working with the hospitals under a 'buddy' system of support. A planned takeover is currently on hold after the Cumbrian Trust was put into special measures. A £90 million redevelopment of the Whitehaven site is due to be completed later this year.

The Trust is entering a very exciting phase of development, delivering our safety and quality improvements and working very closely with our official buddy trustNorthumbria Healthcare.There can be no denying the historical problems we have faced with recruitment but we are genuinely excited about the opportunities which lie ahead, especially with the new West Cumberland Hospital opening and the overall positive direction which the organisation is now taking.

– Dr Jeremy Rushmer, Medical Director, North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust

Worldwide hunt for Cumbrian Hospital staff

A worldwide hunt is underway to recruit staff for two Cumbrian hospitals. The troubled North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust which runs the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle and West Cumberland Hospital in Whitehaven needs to hire dozens of Consultants, Doctors and Nurses.

The recruitment drive is being dubbed 'Looking for a fresh start' with hospital bosses hoping to attract more people like Consultant Paediatrician Dr Jason Gane, a South African who has just moved with his family from London to live and work in Cumbria

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Lack of support for local doctors

There are serious implications of a shortfall of doctors at a Cumbria hospital.

Three trainees have been removed from their positions at the West Cumberland Hospital in Whitehaven because there aren't enough senior clinicians to support them.

Politicians and campaigners say the loss of junior doctors is "very serious". North Cumbria University Hospitals Trust says it's doing everything possible to plug the gaps and improve long-term recruitment.

Katie Hunter reports.

Cumbrian hospital loses junior doctors

Staff shortages could lead to more junior doctors being removed. Credit: ITV News Border

Three trainee junior doctors have been removed from the West Cumberland Hospital because of a shortage of senior medical staff to support them.

The North Cumbria Trust is currently struggling to fill 50 consultant posts.

Three trainee junior doctors remain on site at Whitehaven but they may also have to leave in August if the hospital can't find suitable supervision.

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Nurses in Whitehaven are national pioneers

A scheme that was pioneered at Whitehaven's main hospital 10 years ago is now being applied across the NHS.

The West Cumberland Hospital was the first to use specially trained nurses to assess whether patients need to stay the night or can return home to their families.

Ambulatory care units - as they are called - are now opening all over the country.

The one in Whitehaven has seen nearly 900 patients in the past 10 months alone - the vast majority of those were treated by the nurses and sent home on the same day.

Two men in a serious condition following A595 crash near Egremont

Two men have been taken to hospital with serious injuries following a three vehicle crash on the A595.

A 70 year old male driver of a Mitsubishi was taken by air ambulance to the Royal Preston Hospital. He is in a serious condition.

A 37 year old male driver of a Ford Ranger from Ulverston has been taken to West Cumberland Hospital. He is described in a serious but stable condition.

A third vehicle, a dropside lorry, was driven by a male who was unhurt.

The road remains closed between St Thomas Cross roundabout and Blackbeck roundabout.

West Cumberland Hospital accepts liability for a mother's death

A Cumbrian NHS Trust has admitted liability for a mother's death in childbirth. But following a High Court ruling in London it will not have to compensate her son for his disabilities.

The North Cumbria Hospitals Trust admitted that the mother died from negligent care at the West Cumberland Hospital in 2002.

Her son, who's now 11, will need care for the rest of his life. But the judge concluded that his injury was not a result of negligence.

Lead stolen from West Cumberland Hospital site

More than £7,000 worth of lead has been stolen from the building site of the West Cumberland Hospital in Whitehaven.

The hospital is undergoing a two-year redevelopment, including demolition of part of the site.

At some point over the last ten days someone has stripped lead from the back of 66 sheets of insulation.

Cumbria police are currently investigating the event.

Anyone with information about the incident should contact the police on 101.

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