The Government has announced that up to £100million will be invested in the two acute hospitals in north and west Cumbria.
£30-50 million will pay for a new cancer unit at the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle. The same amount will be spent on the continued re-building of the West Cumberland Hospital in Whitehaven and up to £5million will pay for eight so-called "Integrated Care Communities" to improve access to local services in the community.
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Trudy Harrison, MP for Copeland, has praised the major investment for West Cumberland Hospital, saying it is 'fantastic' news for patients.
The funding will help to deliver faster diagnosis for conditions including cancer, easier access to mental health services, expansions of A&E departments, shorter waiting times for operations, and more services in GP surgeries.
“There has been huge progress in improving patient care and this funding will help to secure the highest quality, most compassionate patient care anywhere in the world.”
The North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust has been ranked 45 out of 138 trusts in England, for its Accident and Emergency performance.
The national average for all trusts in May 2017 was 84.6% and North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust’s overall performance was 89.8%, above the average.
The national standard is that 95% of patients should be seen, treated, admitted or discharged from A&E in under four hours.
The most important message to take from this is remembering that behind these figures are our patients and local communities who both need and deserve excellent care. I am delighted to be able to share the news today that our continued focus on improvement is resulting in real progress and we will keep striving towards hitting the 95% standard.
The Trust’s two A&E departments in Carlisle and Whitehaven had 7,696 attendances in May 2017, equating to over 10 people every hour.
The North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust is still rated as 'requires improvement' by the Care Quality Commission.
A new patient experience report has rated North Cumbria University Hospital's NHS Trust's Renal Units the best in the country. The UK Renal Registry and the British Kidney patient association looked at 39 units across the country. The survey covered 8,162 patients and asked 43 different questions. The units in the Cumberland Infirmary and the West Cumberland Hospital scored 9.31 out of 10 in the overall experience category.
This is a fantastic achievement for everyone who works in our Renal departments. Everyone here does their very best day in, day out to make patients feel welcomed, cared for and informed.
A ward at West Cumberland Hospital in Whitehaven has been closed to visitors, after an outbreak of norovirus.
The virus is circulating on Ward 3a at the hospital, and a small number of patients have been affected.
All visitors are asked not to visit the ward, apart from end of life patients and patients for whom, at the discretion of ward staff, it is felt viewing is essential.
Anyone planning to visit other parts of West Cumberland Hospital, or the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle, is asked to stay away if they or their family members have shown norovirus symptoms in the last two days.
These include diarrhoea, vomiting and flu-like symptoms.
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Visitors are urged to avoid ward 4b at the West Cumberland Hospital in Whitehaven, due to an outbreak of norovirus.
A small number of patients at the hospital have been infected, and staff are working hard to contain the outbreak of the contagious virus.
All visitors are asked not to visit the ward - apart from end of life patients and those for whom, at the discretion of the ward staff, it is felt that visiting is essential.
Visitors are also asked to avoid coming to any part of the hospital, if they or their family members have had diarrhoea, vomiting or ‘flu-like’ symptoms in the last two days.
The mother of an 11-year-old girl who was hit by a bus is calling for action to reduce traffic.
Brigitta Hammell says ticket charges at Whitehaven's West Cumberland Hospital mean people are parking dangerously on surrounding streets.
Her daughter Ellie suffered a fractured skull earlier this month.
The Trust that runs the hospital says new on-site parking spaces are being created.
North Cumbria NHS Trust is to leave special measures, but the health board still 'Requires Improvements' according to inspectors.
One of the continuing issues is the recruitment of staff, and bosses at the West Cumberland Hospital in Whitehaven have come up with a new way of getting the right healthcare staff in, as this video report shows.
A new scheme aimed at reducing staff shortages at the West Cumberland Hospital in Whitehaven is being introduced.
Health bosses hope that the collaboration with the University of Central Lancashire, which offers student physician associates a salary to study, will help with recruitment.