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No further action in saline tampering investigation

Carlisle's Cumberland Infirmary Credit: ITV Border

Police say an investigation into alleged saline bag tampering at Carlisle's Cumberland Infirmary has concluded.

A woman, from Wigton, who was arrested in connection with the investigation, will face no further action.

The decision was made by the Crown Prosecution Service following a police investigation.

Police said North Cumbria University Hospitals Trust worked closely with officers throughout the investigation, which started in January 2017.

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Emergency stroke treatment to be centralised in Carlisle

Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle Credit: ITV Border

Emergency stroke treatment for patients in north, west and east Cumbria will take place in Carlisle, health officials have announced.

Plans to develop a hyper-acute stroke unit at the Cumberland Infirmary have been given the final approval by NHS North Cumbria CCG.

The announcement comes alongside a timetable to close all the in-patient beds at Alston, Wigton and Maryport community hospitals in the county.

We are pleased to be able to say that the plans developed around those community hospitals and for stroke services across the north of the county have been thoroughly considered and will bring benefits for our communities.”

– Jon Rush, chair, NHS North Cumbria CCG
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