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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.

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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.

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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