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Chance to rate health care levels

8:19pm Thursday 2nd October 2014

THE UK'S first 'trip advisor' for healthcare has gone live across Cumbria allowing patients to comment on and rate their NHS experiences.

Thumbs up for hospital food at Westmorland General Hospital at Kendal

The Westmorland Gazette:

1:00pm Monday 8th September 2014

FOOD served up at Morecambe Bay’s hospitals has won the seal of approval from patients, visitors and health watchdogs, according to new statistics.

Plea to roll out defibrillator location app

The Westmorland Gazette:

7:00am Thursday 21st August 2014

A PHONE app which could save lives by helping people find their nearest defibrillator could be rolled out across the whole country if a Cumbrian councillor has her way.

MP is 'optimistic' over future of Hawkshead and Coniston GP surgeies

The Westmorland Gazette:

7:00am Saturday 9th August 2014

LAKES MP Tim Farron has met with health minister Earl Howe as he seeks to keep two Lake District doctors’ surgeries open.

Anger at Bay trust's £2,493 bill for one doctor's shift

The Westmorland Gazette:

10:10am Wednesday 6th August 2014

THE Morecambe Bay hospital trust paid almost £2,500 for an agency doctor to cover a bank holiday shift, it has been revealed.

8,000 people say: Save our NHS pharmacies

The Westmorland Gazette:

10:40am Thursday 24th July 2014

HEALTH campaigners handed over an 8,000-signature petition to express their anger at the proposed sell-off of hospital pharmacies across Morecambe Bay.

Fresh bid to find more organ and tissue donors

The Westmorland Gazette:

9:00am Thursday 17th July 2014

CUMBRIANS are being urged to ‘spell out’ their organ and tissue donation wishes - after almost 30 local people died waiting on the transplant list.

Ward at Royal Lancaster Infirmary to be closed for afternoon visiting for two days to allow for 'deep clean'

The Westmorland Gazette: Worcestershire health body throws support behind carers initiative

5:40pm Tuesday 10th June 2014

AFTERNOON visiting to a hospital ward at the Royal Lancaster Infirmary is to be suspended for two days this week to allow a 'deep clean' to take place.

More than 3,000 Hands off our Hospital coupons handed to Morecambe Bay health chiefs

The Westmorland Gazette: Andrew Thomas  of The Westmorland Gazette (left) gives the coupons to Aaron Cummins, deputy chief executive of the University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Trust

4:00pm Thursday 29th May 2014

THOUSANDS of local people have issued a categorical ‘hands off’ to health bosses deciding the future of Westmorland General Hospital (WGH).

'Unprofessional, misleading, dishonest' South Lakes dentist is struck off, committee finds

4:40pm Wednesday 28th May 2014

A SOUTH Lakeland dentist has been struck off by the General Dental Council (GDC) after a committee heard he was ‘unprofessional, misleading and dishonest’.

New pharmacy scheme aims to bypass the need for GP visits

6:00pm Monday 12th May 2014

A SCHEME to enable pharmacies to treat minor ailments without the need for a GP could be rolled out across Cumbria.

Brave cancer patient backs Westmorland Gazette's Hands off our Hospital campaign

The Westmorland Gazette: Marion Butterfield

3:10pm Thursday 24th April 2014

DOZENS of local people have bravely spoken out to highlight the importance of the Gazette’s Hands off our Hospital campaign.

500 people back Westmorland Gazette's 'Hands off our Hospital' campaign in just one week

The Westmorland Gazette: Anna Clarke with some of coupons returned to the Gazette this week

12:00pm Friday 18th April 2014

HUNDREDS of people have stood up for their local health service by backing the Gazette’s ‘Hands off our Hospital’ campaign.

'Hands off our Hospital': Westmorland Gazette launches campaign to keep services in Kendal

The Westmorland Gazette: Westmorland General Hospital

11:40am Wednesday 16th April 2014

The Westmorland Gazette has launched a major campaign to safeguard services at Westmorland General Hospital.

Fears voiced over future of services at Kendal's Westmorland General Hospital

The Westmorland Gazette: Westmorland General Hospital at Kendal

9:10am Friday 4th April 2014

A QUESTION mark is hanging over the future of Westmorland General Hospital after consultants revealed that services could be moved to Lancaster.

Mary's harp is music to patients' ears

The Westmorland Gazette: Mary Dunsford

3:02pm Monday 31st March 2014

PATIENTS at a South Cumbrian hospital are singing, clapping and tapping in the wards thanks to a dedicated harp player.

Two Lake District GP surgeries are on the edge of a 'funding cliff', says MP Tim Farron

The Westmorland Gazette: Tim Farron MP

7:40pm Wednesday 26th March 2014

THE financial ‘cliff edge’ facing two Lake District doctors’ surgeries was raised with MPs in Parliament this week.

SLDC faces legal challenge from residents' group after agreeing Ulverston supermarket plan

The Westmorland Gazette: Three detached houses at Ulverston turned down at appeal

1:24pm Wednesday 26th March 2014

CAMPAIGNERS seeking to stop a new food supermarket in the centre of Ulverston have won a judicial review.

Hospice 'tops out' to launch Silver celebration

The Westmorland Gazette: St Mary’s Hospice chief execuive Val Stangoe and care assistants Tracy Barrow and Jill Park join charman Norman Broadhurst and Nicholas Pinnington,  of Pinnington Builders, on the scaffolding at the topping out ceremony

8:01am Tuesday 11th March 2014

ULVERSTON’S St Mary’s Hospice launched into its 25th anniversary year with a ‘topping out’ ceremony at its new state-of-the-art building.

VIDEO: Routine eye check saves Ulverston girl, 14, from a potentially fatal condition

The Westmorland Gazette: Amber Buckley

4:30pm Thursday 27th February 2014

AN ULVERSTON mum has revealed how a pioneering eye test triggered a race against time to save her teenage daughter’s life.

Skin specialist appointed in south Cumbria

The Westmorland Gazette: Dr Ann Myat

9:32am Wednesday 19th February 2014

A NEW consultant dermatologist has been appointed to lead the development of the hospital service across south Cumbria.

Health chiefs issue warning about Scarlet Fever outbreak affecting Cumbrian children

4:30pm Friday 14th February 2014

PUBLIC health chiefs are alerting parents to a worrying increase in a contagious disease affecting Cumbrian children.

Voices heard on Morecambe Bay health services

The Westmorland Gazette: Westmorland General Hospital at Kendal

7:00pm Wednesday 12th February 2014

GP SERVICES and facilities at Westmorland General Hospital were just some of the items discussed at a meeting held as part of an inspection of hospitals around Morecambe Bay.

Watchdogs blitz Bay hospitals trust

7:40pm Wednesday 5th February 2014

FORTY health watchdogs have descended on Morecambe Bay to begin a two-weeks cycle of inspections.

Women encouraged to attend cervical screening appointments

6:00am Monday 20th January 2014

HEALTH bosses from NHS Cumbria are encouraging women to make sure they attend their cervical screening appointments when they are invited by their GP.

New website aims to make women in Cumbria more aware of dangers of heart disease

6:10pm Wednesday 8th January 2014

SOUTH Lakeland has the highest rate of deaths in Cumbria of women suffering from heart disease.

Morecambe Bay hospitals beef up battle to beat bugs

4:00pm Wednesday 8th January 2014

HEALTH bosses are ramping up a campaign for staff, patients and visitors to do all they can to help hospitals in the battle against bugs.

New Director of Public Health for Cumbria is appointed

The Westmorland Gazette: Colin Cox

11:29am Monday 23rd December 2013

Cumbria County Council has appointed Colin Cox as its new Director of Public Health following an extensive recruitment process.

Pioneering operation restores Ulverston woman's hearing

The Westmorland Gazette: Josephine Sandham

7:00pm Thursday 19th December 2013

AN ULVERSTON woman has had her hearing restored in what was the first operation of its type in the North West.

NHS meetings go public

10:00am Monday 2nd December 2013

THE Cumbria Partnership NHS Trust will now hold its board meetings in public.

Oncology ward move at Furness General Hospital

8:17am Wednesday 27th November 2013

ONCOLOGY and haematology patients at Furness General Hospital are set to be moved into the new Coniston Suite.

Revamped reception area unveiled at Kendal's Westmorland General Hospital

The Westmorland Gazette: Cafe assistants Eleanor Robinson and Richard Bennett celebrate the revamp with Westmorland General Hospital Services Manager Keith Fort and hotel services manager Jackie O'Brien

10:00pm Thursday 21st November 2013

AN overhaul of two much-visited areas at Kendal’s Westmorland General Hospital were unveiled to the public this week.

Community fun day in Kendal will promote health and wellbeing on Bank Holiday Monday

2:22pm Wednesday 21st August 2013

THE countdown has begun for a community fun day at Lakes Leisure Centre Kendal this Bank Holiday Monday.

Surgeries at Coniston and Hawkshead rally public to fight closure threat

9:00am Wednesday 14th August 2013

HUNDREDS of people are expected to turn out to a public meeting over the future of rural GP surgeries.

Criticised CQC managers to escape Cumbria Police probe

10:00am Thursday 25th July 2013

SENIOR Care Quality Commission managers accused of a cover-up involving a number of baby deaths at a South Lakeland hospital will not face a police inquiry.

Air ambulance called to Windermere health clinic after man suffers heart attack

10:00am Tuesday 23rd July 2013

A MAN was flown to hospital after suffering a heart attack at a Lake District doctors' surgery.

North Cumbria Hospital Trust praised for its response to the Keogh Mortality Review.

9:55am Wednesday 17th July 2013

THE North Cumbria Hospital Trust has been praised for its response to the Keogh Mortality Review.

Sigh of relief for visitors - life-saving medical equipment installed at Bowness tourist attraction

The Westmorland Gazette: Andy Poole (left) with Mark Evans, of the North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust, and David Thomas, President of the Rotary Club, Windermere.

9:25am Tuesday 16th July 2013

LIFE-saving medical equipment has been installed at one of the area’s top attractions.

Drive to cut coronary deaths in Cumbria by buying 100 defibrillators launched in the county

10:08am Friday 12th July 2013

A DRIVE to cut coronary deaths in Cumbria by raising money to buy 100 defibrillators in 100 days has been launched.

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt announces vascular services will leave Morecambe Bay

12:10pm Thursday 11th July 2013

CAMPAIGNERS have lost their fight to keep vascular health services in Morecambe Bay after Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt confirmed they would move to three regional sites.

25 die in Cumbria due to lack of organ donors - NHS calls for more to register and talk about transplants

3:29pm Monday 8th July 2013

NEARLY 25 people in Cumbria have died in the last four years due to a lack of organ donors.

England first as Morecambe Bay maternity units go live today with Lorenzo electronic patient record system

9:14am Monday 8th July 2013

MORECAMBE Bay maternity units have become the first in England to go live with with the groundbreaking Lorenzo electronic patient record system.

Morecambe Bay hospital bosses announce: "We do not envisage any redundancies"

4:10pm Thursday 4th July 2013

BOSSES who run hospitals across Morecambe Bay have confirmed they will not be making any staff redundant.

Fresh 'cover-up' claims at health watchdog as Furness MP calls for Met Police to widen net

4:37pm Wednesday 3rd July 2013

THE Metropolitan Police has been asked to investigate fresh claims that a health watchdog  'buried the truth' about maternity failings at Furness General Hospital (FGH).

Furness General maternity 'cover-up' row: CQC names those involved

4:55pm Thursday 20th June 2013

THE Care Quality Commission (CQC) has named those said to be involved in an alleged cover-up over failings at the Morecambe Bay hospital trust.

Staff involved in Morecambe Bay Hospitals cover-up could face action, says health secretary

The Westmorland Gazette: Health secretary Jeremy Hunt

3:05pm Wednesday 19th June 2013

Individuals involved in a cover-up at a health watchdog could face disciplinary action and other sanctions, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt told the House of Commons today.

South Lakes MP Tim Farron calls for answers on Furness General 'cover-up'

10:53am Wednesday 19th June 2013

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has been accused of deliberately suppressing an internal review that highlighted weaknesses in its inspections of University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Trust.

Furness General Hospital maternity deaths: No prosecutions over wider inquiry, but original probe remains open

The Westmorland Gazette: An investigation has been launched into 'a number' of baby deaths at Furness General Hospital in Cumbria

11:40am Friday 14th June 2013

NOBODY will be prosecuted over an unknown number of deaths at Furness General Hospital’s maternity unit, detectives have said.

Lakes MP sounds 'rural health' alert as figures show early deaths up in Cumbria

12:23pm Wednesday 12th June 2013

CUMBRIA has been ranked as one of the worst counties in the country for early deaths.

Young Cumbrians encouraged to get protected from measles

9:42am Friday 7th June 2013

Children and young people in Cumbria are again being encouraged to get protected against measles following a rise in cases in the region.


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