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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.

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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.

Key point of hospital construction marked

The work on the new hospital is well underway Credit: ITV News

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.

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First look at the new West Cumberland Hospital

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.

Future emergency department at the new West Cumberland Hospital Credit: ITV News
Hard at work at the new accident and emergency entrance Credit: ITV News
This will soon be the new emergency department Credit: ITV News
View from on top of the new west cumberland hospital Credit: ITV News
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