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All the latest Coronavirus information from the Trust | 9 April 2021

Our latest position

Across the Trust we now have a very small number of patients being treated for COVID-19. The community infection rates are continuing to fall and as the Prime Minister announced on Monday the statistics show we are on track to ease lockdown measures on the 12th April.

The continued downward trend is due to the fact we have all played our part in following the guidance. We must remain alert and continue to follow guidance – even if you have had your vaccination.

Keeping patients connected at north Cumbria’s hospitals

While hospital visiting remains suspended due to Covid-19 restrictions, we are working to help keep patients and their families connected.
New volunteers have recently been recruited to the ‘Keeping Patients Connected’ project and the Trust is encouraging more people to apply to become a volunteer. The project aims to facilitate patients having virtual visits with their families and friends using iPads. Find out more.

Cumbrians reassured about AZ vaccine as new COVID-19 cases drop

The vaccination programme continues to be rolled out across the county, with data up to week ending 1 April showing almost two thirds of eligible Cumbrians having had their first vaccine dose. The recent announcements relating to the AstraZeneca vaccine are not anticipated to significantly affect the programme.

Colin Cox, Cumbria’s Director of Public Health, said:

“The number of new cases remains low and that is excellent. Restrictions will ease a little more from Monday and I’d just ask people to remember to follow the social contact rules to help drive infections down even further.
“The announcements about the AstraZeneca vaccine this week may be causing some people concern, but I’d want to reassure people that the vaccine remains very safe and effective and that this is actually our medicines regulation system doing its job. Even for younger people the balance of risk is still strongly in favour of vaccination and because we have multiple different vaccines have the flexibility to tweak the programme as issues arise. If I am offered the AstraZeneca vaccine, I will certainly accept it.”

COVID figures in Cumbria

For the week ending 2nd April there were 81 new cases in Cumbria (a decrease of 53, -40%, from 134 cases in the previous week). For the 7th week in a row, Allerdale had the greatest number of new cases (+26 new cases). Barrow-in-Furness replaced Copeland in having the highest rate of new cases (28 new cases per 100k population). Rates in all Cumbrian districts were below both the national and regional average rates (38 and 44 new cases per 100k population respectively). Full details are on Cumbria County Council’s website.

Other news

Patient praises specialist nurse for dementia support

One of the Trust’s specialist nurses has been praised for her help and support after caring for a man with mixed dementia.

As part of Our NCIC Way, we are committed to ensuring that high quality care is accessible every time for everyone. The Admiral Nurse Service was introduced last year at both CIC and WCH to help improve care for patients with dementia.  The admiral nurses are trained, developed and supported by the charity, Dementia UK.

Leanne Storey was one of the first people in Cumbria to take up the role of admiral nurse. Admiral nurses offer practical advice and emotional support to families affected by dementia, including the person with dementia, giving people the knowledge and tools to cope in the most challenging circumstances. They divide their work between clinical and consultancy work to educational work.

Stress Awareness Month

Stress Awareness Month is held every April to increase public awareness about both the causes and cures for our modern stress epidemic.
Millions of us around the UK are experiencing high levels of stress and it is damaging our health. Stress is one of the great public health challenges of our time, but it still isn’t being taken as seriously as physical health concerns. Dr Brenda Connolly, Consultant Clinical Psychologist in Staff Health and Wellbeing at North Cumbria Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust has shared some information and advice on stress and how to manage it.

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