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Locals declare victory in campaign to keep Westmorland General Hospital open

Campaigners in Cumbria have declared victory in their efforts to save their local hospital from closure.

It's believed bosses at Westmorland General were considering closing or privatising the hospital.

8500 people had signed a petition against the proposals, and today Cumbria and Lancashire North Clinical Commissioning Groups and the University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay Trust which runs the hospital confirmed it will remain open, and in public hands.

Men urged to watch for signs of skin cancer

Poster to encourage men to check themselves for skin cancer

A new health campaign is being launched in Liverpool to urge men who work outdoors to protect themselves from the sun and skin cancer. Skin Cancer is the one of the most common forms of cancer in the city, and the number of new cases diagnosed each year have more than doubled over the last decade.

Studies show that people who work outdoors are twice as likely as those with an indoor job to be diagnosed with skin cancer.

Public Health Liverpool have worked in partnership with the NHS and local employers, to develop a toolkit for employers to raise awareness of the issue.

The pack includes posters encouraging staff to get any moles or patches of skin they are concerned about checked. The advice includes covering up and using sun cream between May and September when the rays from the sun are strongest, paying particular attention to ears, necks and lips.

Workers encouraged to check for moles

Dr. Sandra Davies, of Public Health for Liverpool, said:

“Tackling skin cancer is one of our priorities and we know that people who work outdoors often don’t realise the risk they are exposing themselves to. If you work outdoors you can spend literally hours in the sun every day so it is really important to make sure you are protected.

Even if it is cloudy, you are still at risk of the damage the sun can do. Contrary to popular belief, there is no such thing as a healthy tan and you are not protected if you already have a tan. If your skin goes red it is a sign the cells have been damaged by too much UV radiation.”

Click here to download a pack.


Mums to march in support of breastfeeding

A series of events are taking place in Liverpool from today to mark Breastfeeding Awareness Week.

According to figures from Liverpool council the city has one of the lowest rates in the country, 50.9% of new mums feeding naturally after birth and 29.1% at six to eight weeks. This compares to a national average of 73.9% after birth and 47.2% after six weeks.

  • Monday 30 June, families will gather on the steps of St George’s Hall at 11:30am
  • Tuesday 1 July a picnic is being held in the grounds of Croxteth Hall from 11:30am
  • Wednesday 2 July there is a special event at Liverpool Women’s Hospital from 11am
  • Thursday 3 July there is a picnic outside the café at Sefton Park from 11:30am
  • Friday 4 July there is a buffet lunch and massage therapist session at Garston Children’s Centre from 11:30am
  • Sunday 29 June /6 July, mums are invited to share their breastfeeding stories at the World Museum.

Liverpool has one of the lowest rates of breastfeeding among new mothers in the country, a trend we really need to reverse. These events are a fun way of spreading the word about the benefits of breastfeeding and informing women about the advantages for the health of both baby and mother

– Cabinet member for education, Councillor Jane Corbett,

Breastmilk really does give babies the best start, as it is all that’s needed for the first six months of life. It protects babies from infections and diseases and has many benefits for both children and mothers.

– Sandra Davies, Liverpool’s interim Director of Public Health

The World Health Organisation (WHO) recommends that mother’s breastfeed infants for the first six months to achieve optimal growth, development and health. The advantages of breastfeeding include:

  • Strengthening the physical and emotional bond between mum and baby
  • Protecting the baby from infections and reduces the risk of eczema and diabetes
  • Protecting the mother against ovarian and breast cancers and weak bones in later life
  • Helps the mother return to their pre-pregnancy figure faster

CCTV image appeal after woman raped in Manchester city centre

Police have released this image of a man wanted in connection with a city centre rape. Credit: Greater Manchester Police

Detectives investigating the rape of a woman in Manchester have released CCTV images of a man they want the public's help to identify.

The attack happened at 3am on Saturday, June 28.

Police were alerted after the "distressed" victim reported being raped to the concierge at the Great Northern Tower.

The alleged attack happened in the early hours of June 28. Credit: Greater Manchester Police
An image released by police investigating an alleged rape in Manchester. Credit: Greater Manchester Police

Officers attended and established the woman, 23, had been attacked nearby as she made her way home following a night out.

It's believed she had been followed along a number of streets before being attacked.

The man police wish to trace is described as tanned, about 22 years old, of normal build and 5ft 6in tall.

He has short dark hair and was said to be of be possibly Turkish or Algerian. He wore a white t-shirt and dark trousers.

A man arrested in connection with the rape and other offences a short time after the incident and following a crash on Mancunian Way has been bailed.

Detective Inspector Mike Gladwin, said: “The woman was walking home following a night out when she was followed, dragged off the street and raped.

"She has suffered an incomprehensibly distressing experience and we are doing everything we can to support her, but the best thing we can do for her is find the person responsible and for that I am appealing for the public's help.

"If you think you recognise someone from the image we have released it is vitally important you come forward and talk to us.

"I am confident that with the wealth of CCTV available to us we will identify this person and so to him I say come forward now before we come through your door."

Anyone with information is asked to call the Serious Sexual Offences Unit on 0161 856 1911 or 0161 856 2278, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.


Arrests over alleged mistreatment at Lancashire care home

Police say a man from Preston has been arrested following an investigation into the mistreatment and neglect of residents in a care home in Lostock Hall.

The 63 year old was arrested on suspicion of being a guardian neglecting a patient at the Briarwood Rest Home in Lostock Hall.

He's has been bailed until next month pending further enquiries.

A 58 year old woman also from Preston was previously arrested on suspicion of assault and has also been bailed.

Meanwhile, a 41 year old woman from Preston arrested on suspicion of wounding has been bailed until the same date.

The arrests are part of an on-going investigation by the Lancashire force into the alleged mistreatment and neglect of residents at the Briarwood Rest Home which cares for around 20 elderly people.

The investigation began earlier in June after police were made aware of a complaint about the treatment of a resident at the home.

Following the initial complaint other allegations have been made and these are now also under investigation.

Detective Inspector Jes Holland, of Lancashire Police said: “These arrests are part of a thorough investigation into serious allegations of mistreatment of residents at Briarwood Care Home.

The enquiry is complicated and is at a relatively early stage.

We have a team of specialist detectives working on this case who are also offering support to those families who may have had loved ones identified as being allegedly mistreated.

“Our priority from the outset has been to ensure the safety of patients within the home and the Constabulary has been working closely with working closely with the Care Quality Commission and the Adult Social Care Service at Lancashire County Council."

Morecambe Bay hospitals set to be put in "special measures"

A man who had to have his leg amputated after his treatment went wrong 2 years ago says he's not surprised the same hospital trust is now in special measures.

Roy Gay wants to know why lessons don't appear to have been learnt after health inspectors ruled the quality of care provided by Morecambe Bay NHS Trust was still inadequate after a visit five months ago.

The trust argues it's part-way through a process of improvement and that services such as maternity and A & E had improved since previous checks.

Our Lancashire reporter Amy Welch has been following the story:

Royle Family star injects humour into her cancer battle

Writer and Comedian Caroline Aherne has spoken about how brilliant treatment and a sense of humour have helped her with her third cancer battle.

The Royle Family and Mrs Merton star gave a speech to medics and patients to help improve cancer care in Manchester.

Research by Macmillan showed the city has the highest number of people dying prematurely from the disease.

Elaine Willcox was at the partnership's launch:-

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