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The Dumfries 'lunatic asylum' turned nurse training site

“Treatment could be pretty barbaric with cold baths and whipping of patients”.

The former Crichton Royal Hospital in Dumfries opened in 1830. But many years later, it pioneered care for mental health patients.


Cradle to grave: Midwives and morticians

NHS staff care for us from the cradle to the grave.

There might not be one born every minute in our region, but midwives play a huge role in bringing new life into Cumbria and the South of Scotland.

Meet community midwife Alison from Galashiels:

The NHS still plays a part after we die too.

Mortuary worker, Alex, tells us how she got into her job at the Cumberland Infirmary, that she finds far from morbid:

NHS nurses: Past and present

We put one of west Cumbria's first NHS nurses, 85-year-old Ella Cullen, in a room with Vanessa Branney, who currently works in the Intensive Care Unit, and left them to chat:

WATCH: Who is your local NHS hero?

Next month the NHS will mark its 70th anniversary and we'd like your help to mark the occasion.

We want you to tell us who your local NHS hero is in a 20 second video clip. Send it to and you could be on Lookaround!

Samantha Parker has the details:

NHS services affected by severe weather

Patients have been advised by hospitals across the region not to travel in bad weather if they have appointments to get to, with many hospitals cancelling or postponing non-urgent appointments and procedures.

It comes after the Beast from the East brought a blanket of snow to the region, causing disruption to travel.

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Travel conditions have been so hazardous that staff at North Cumbrian hospitals with 4x4 vehicles were asked to help others to get into work safely.

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And mountain rescue teams were also called out to assist staff making visits to patients in Cumbria.

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Cumbrian health campaigners join national fight

Health campaigners in Cumbria Credit: ITV Border

Campaigners in Cumbria took part in a nationwide day of action today in protest over the running and funding of the NHS.

They gathered in Carlisle City centre earlier to share their view that the government is failing to provide the service with enough financial support.

"The conditions the staff are working under are really hard and I think what breaks my heart is that all of the doctors and all of the nurses and all of the other health care staff really care passionately about delivering the best health care service that they can to their patients.

"But they are having their hands tied behind their back at the moment by the lack of funding."

– Dr Helen Davison, former NHS doctor

The campaigners accused the government of not providing enough funding for the winter. A claim the Department for Health refuted.

"We know the NHS is extremely busy, which is why the Government supported it this winter with an additional £437million of funding, and why it was given top priority in the recent Budget with an extra £2.8bn allocated over the next two years.

"Despite the extra pressure that comes with winter, the most recently published monthly figures shows hardworking staff treated 55,328 people within four hours every single day - 1,272 more each day than in the same month the previous year.”

– Department of Health

1/4 of Cumbria parents aware of NHS lunchbox guidelines

A child's lunchbox should include starchy carbohydrates, fruit and veg Credit: PA

Only a quarter of parents in Cumbria are aware of NHS guidelines concerning healthy packed lunches for their children. The Eatwell guide says a child's lunchbox should:

  • be based on starchy carbohydrates (bread, potatoes, rice, pasta).
  • include fresh fruit and vegetables/salad.
  • include a source of protein such as beans and pulses, eggs, fish, meat, cheese (or dairy alternative).
  • include a side dish such as a low-fat and lower-sugar yoghurt (or dairy alternative), tea cake, fruit bread, plain rice/corn cakes, homemade plain popcorn, sugar-free jelly.
  • include a drink such as water, skimmed or semi-skimmed milk, sugar- free or no-added-sugar drinks.
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