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Cumbrian hospitals rated the best in the country for kidney treatment

A new patient experience report has rated North Cumbria University Hospital's NHS Trust's Renal Units the best in the country. The UK Renal Registry and the British Kidney patient association looked at 39 units across the country. The survey covered 8,162 patients and asked 43 different questions. The units in the Cumberland Infirmary and the West Cumberland Hospital scored 9.31 out of 10 in the overall experience category.

This is a fantastic achievement for everyone who works in our Renal departments. Everyone here does their very best day in, day out to make patients feel welcomed, cared for and informed.

– Dr Fiona Dallas, consultant nephrologist at North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust

Norovirus closes West Cumberland Hospital ward

West Cumberland Hospital. Credit: ITV Border

A ward at West Cumberland Hospital in Whitehaven has been closed to visitors, after an outbreak of norovirus.

The virus is circulating on Ward 3a at the hospital, and a small number of patients have been affected.

All visitors are asked not to visit the ward, apart from end of life patients and patients for whom, at the discretion of ward staff, it is felt viewing is essential.

Anyone planning to visit other parts of West Cumberland Hospital, or the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle, is asked to stay away if they or their family members have shown norovirus symptoms in the last two days.

These include diarrhoea, vomiting and flu-like symptoms.

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Norovirus: Visitors urged to avoid hospital ward

The West Cumberland Hospital. Credit: ITV Border

Visitors are urged to avoid ward 4b at the West Cumberland Hospital in Whitehaven, due to an outbreak of norovirus.

A small number of patients at the hospital have been infected, and staff are working hard to contain the outbreak of the contagious virus.

All visitors are asked not to visit the ward - apart from end of life patients and those for whom, at the discretion of the ward staff, it is felt that visiting is essential.

Visitors are also asked to avoid coming to any part of the hospital, if they or their family members have had diarrhoea, vomiting or ‘flu-like’ symptoms in the last two days.

Mother of accident victim calls for traffic changes

Ellie Hammell was hit by a bus earlier this month. Credit: ITV Border

The mother of an 11-year-old girl who was hit by a bus is calling for action to reduce traffic.

Brigitta Hammell says ticket charges at Whitehaven's West Cumberland Hospital mean people are parking dangerously on surrounding streets.

Her daughter Ellie suffered a fractured skull earlier this month.

The Trust that runs the hospital says new on-site parking spaces are being created.

WATCH: How to recruit health staff in Cumbria

North Cumbria NHS Trust is to leave special measures, but the health board still 'Requires Improvements' according to inspectors.

One of the continuing issues is the recruitment of staff, and bosses at the West Cumberland Hospital in Whitehaven have come up with a new way of getting the right healthcare staff in, as this video report shows.

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Scheme to tackle hospital staff shortages introduced

Staff hope the collaboration with another university will help with recruitment. Credit: ITV Border

A new scheme aimed at reducing staff shortages at the West Cumberland Hospital in Whitehaven is being introduced.

Health bosses hope that the collaboration with the University of Central Lancashire, which offers student physician associates a salary to study, will help with recruitment.

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