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 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.
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.
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.
Today marks the completion of the highest point of the new £90m West Cumberland Hospital.
Staff have gathered to mark the event.
The hospital is due to open to patients in Spring 2015.
A ceremony is due to take place this morning to mark a significant point in the construction of the new West Cumberland Hospital in Whitehaven.
Copeland MP Jamie Reed will unveil a plaque on the roof of the building which is due to be completed by December next year.
Tomorrow marks the completion of the highest point of the new ninety million pound WestCumberland Hospital.
ITV Border was given a special tour of the facility,before the topping-out ceremony.
The building work is on schedule and patients will arrive in Spring 2015.
Samantha Parker reports:
Tomorrow marks the completion of the highest point of the new £90m West Cumberland Hospital.
ITV Border was given a special tour of the new state of the art facility ahead of the topping out ceremony.
Bosses at the new West Cumberland Hospital say building work is on track to be finished in a year's time.
The £90 million pound hospital will open to patients in Spring 2015.
The historic role of matron is returning to the Cumberland Infirmary and the West Cumberland Hospital.
The positions were created after the North Cumbria University Hospitals Trust was investigated for higher than expected death rates.
Watch the full report from Katie Hunter below.