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Visiting restrictions are in place at Cumbrian hospitals in a bit to combat the spread of winter illnesses.Read the full story ›
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A Dumfries-based charity has been awarded more than £1million to tackle malnutrition among Scotland's older population.
New figures suggest that 1 in 10 older people in the country is malnourished. The Lottery funding is going to The Food Train which delivers fresh groceries to older people each week throughout Scotland:
Through the Eat Well, Age Well project, we will work towards a sustainable approach to reduce malnutrition among older people living at home and create a long lasting and engaged network across the country committed to this issue. We are absolutely delighted with this Big Lottery Fund award, which will allow us to carry on the legacy of our founders in partnership with others.”
The family of a man from Carlisle who died as a result of the contaminated blood scandal have spoken out, following the government announcement that there's to be an independent public inquiry into what happened.
John Cowen is one of 2,400 people to have died as a result of receiving blood contaminated with HIV and Hepatitis C in the 70s and 80s. His wife and daughter have decided to speak out, as part of their fight for justice for John and all the other victims. Kim Inglis reports.
Residents in Appleby have been invited to a 'health and wellbeing day', where they can find out more about how they can remain stay fit and independent for as long as possible.
The drop-in event will take place at the Public Hall, Boroughgate, Appleby CA16 6XB from 10am to 2pm.
A number of organisations will be in attendance to provide information and answer questions. They include Age UK, Eden Carers, Eden Independent Living, Alzheimer’s Society, Appleby GP Surgery, Dementia Friends, Give A Day and others.
This event for residents follows on from the ‘listening event’ which was held earlier this year where a number of local organisations came together to discuss the emerging health and wellbeing needs of the community in Appleby.
We’re keen that as many people as possible come along to the event, join us for a cup of tea and learn more about the range of support and services which they can access to help keep them fit and well and improve their day to day lives.”
A University of Cumbria nursing student has won a national award in recognition of her work to reduce the stigma of mental health among young people.
Third year adult nursing student Zoe Butler was awarded the Andrew Parker Student Nurse Award at the Royal College of Nursing inspiration (RCNi) Awards 2017.
Zoe, from Kendal, was among winners at the event supported by Nursing Standard and sponsored by Guidelines for Nurses which was held at the Westminster Park Plaza Hotel in London on Friday.
The awards recognise nurses who have come up with new ways to improve health, enhance patient experiences and transform nursing practice.
Zoe was instrumental in working with young people to write and film a series of monologues as part of a project called ‘The Hot Potato’ aimed at raising awareness of mental health. Now in use in schools and other organisations across Cumbria, a video is used to prompt discussions regarding mental illness.
“I can't describe how amazing it feels to have an award that recognises a project about giving young people a voice and allowing them access to health services in a way that's makes them feel confident in themselves.”
The NHS North Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group will be hosting a 'Listening Event' to "to help shape how local people and the NHS can work together to help develop and improve maternity and paediatric services in West, North and East Cumbria".
The event will be held at the Carnegie Theatre in Workington on Tuesday 16th May between 1-3pm and 5-7pm.
We heard very clearly during the consultation that the community thought there were more things the NHS can do to tackle the recruitment problems that challenge the service, and there are lots of ideas they want to share to help shape future services. This meeting is the first of many steps to take us in that direction and to help us work together more collaboratively.