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COVID vaccination programme

The NHS Covid-19 vaccination programme has started. When it is the right time people will receive an invitation to come forward. For most people this will be a letter, either from their GP or the national NHS.

This letter will include all the information you will need to book appointments, including your NHS number. Please do not contact the NHS to get an appointment until you get this letter.

Information on the vaccine is available on

COVID vaccination information 

Advice for those attending breast screening appointments:

Public Health England has confirmed that there is currently no need for anyone to postpone any breast screening appointment following their COVID vaccine.

For vaccines approved for use in the UK, trials have shown that there is a less than 1% chance of enlarged lymph nodes as a side effect after vaccination.

Breast screening personnel have been advised of the potential of enlarged lymph nodes following vaccination and it is very important that you attend their screenings to ensure that there are no other issues. You should inform their clinician of the date of their vaccination so that this can be taken into consideration as part of the screening process. Public Health England has confirmed that they are continuing to take advice from experts and monitor the evidence in this area.

Covid vaccination information in - Accessible formats

We understand that you might be worried about coronavirus. The information below sets out our advice and the action we're taking to respond to the coronavirus outbreak.

The situation is changing constantly so we will update this information as needed. Check GOV.UK and NHS.UK for up to the minute advice.

Frequently asked questions

The advice from the NHS is as follows:

  • Wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds.
  • Always wash your hands when you get home or into work or school.
  • Use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze.
  • Put used tissues in the bin straight away and wash your hands afterwards.
  • Try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell.
  • Try to limit contact with people if it isn’t necessary. More guidance here:

Do not
  •  Please DO NOT come to a healthcare setting if you think you have symptoms of coronavirus.

111 will give you the best advice and will arrange for you to be tested if appropriate.

This is a virus that affects the lungs and therefore people’s breathing.

The main symptoms of coronavirus are:

  • high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
  • loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you've noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal

Most people with coronavirus have at least one of these symptoms.

You can find more information at NHS.UK. If you're concerned please use the online NHS 111 service which will tell you if you need medical help, and advise you what to do.

Yes you do. The Trust is operating an increased level of caution to ensure our patients remain as safe as possible due to the continued risk of coronavirus.

Patients coming into our hospitals for general anaesthetic operations, including day surgery, need to follow comprehensive social distancing and hand-hygiene for 14 days prior to surgery and to self-isolate for a minimum of 72 hours (3 days) days before and after surgery. A small number of patients will be asked to self isolate for 14 days prior to surgery. This is in order to protect patients and make sure that they are as prepared for their surgery as possible. This will reduce the risk of catching coronavirus (COVID-19), which can impact on recovery and, in some cases, cause serious complications.


Updates on COVID cases

Updates on the numbers of cases are released by the Department of Health and Social Care daily. You can track cases by local authority, including Cumbria, here.

The numbers of deaths are published through NHS England. Data broken down to Trust level, is available on the statistical area of the NHS England website.

The Trust will not be releasing any further details locally in the interest of privacy and dignity of the families. The media are asked to respect this and the interests of staff at the hospital to avoid any disruptions to operational service. 

For any other media enquiries, please email

If you're concerned 

Please use the online NHS 111 service that can tell you if you need medical help, and advise you what to do.


Help us prevent the spread of COVID-19

There are simple steps that you can take to stop the spread of this and other viruses:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after using public transport. Use a sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available.
  • Always carry tissues with you and use them to catch your cough or sneeze. Then bin the tissue, and wash your hands, or use a sanitiser gel.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are unwell.