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All the latest Coronavirus information from the Trust | 24th September 2021

Key Messages:
  • Current position
  • Latest covid figures 
Other news:
  • Organ Donation Week
  • Designs unveiled for WCH second phase 
  • Cumbria Pride and Diverse Cumbria Awards
  • Relaunch of Trust charity
  • Update on stakeholder bulletin

Current position

The pressures right across the health and care system are continuing. The number of patients in hospital with COVID is fluctuating at around 30 patients. This week, Cumbria County Council has issued an update to their partners about the exceptional pressures they are facing in being able to provide care. They are citing increasing demand for support, people presenting with higher levels of need and significant challenges with recruitment and retention of staffacross the sector.They have set up a multi-agency response via the Local Resilience Forum due to the potential risk to people’s health and well-being. Work is now underway to identify alternatives to formal care that could support some lower level needs to be met in a different way.

Latest Covid figures

There were 2,074 new cases of COVID-19 in the community, an increase of 69 from 2,005 the previous week. For the seventh week in a row, Allerdale had the greatest number of new cases, +575. Allerdale also had the highest rate of new cases, 588 new cases per 100k population. Rates in all Cumbrian districts – except Eden and South Lakeland - were above the regional average. Rates were above the national average in every Cumbrian district. New cases increased from the previous week in Allerdale, Barrow and Carlisle. The full weekly COVID-19 situation report can be found at

Other news

Organ Donation Week

We are marking Organ Donation Week by encouraging everyone to have a conversation with your family about whether you want to be an organ donor or not. That way if the worst does happen you have left them certain. Our specialist organs donation nurse has been explaining why having a conversation about organ donation is so important. Organ, eye and tissue donation saves and improves lives. It’s hard to imagine how it would feel to be waiting on a ward for a heart donation for nine months but for some, this is their reality. We could save more lives if only we had the conversations. The difference you could make to not one but many lives is incredible: You can record your decision on the NHS Organ Donor Register.

Designs unveiled for WCH second phase

Final designs have been unveiled for phase two of the ongoing redevelopment of West Cumberland Hospital in Whitehaven. For the first time, detailed plans as well as an artist’s impression have been shared for the proposed£40 million project. The ambitious scheme, if approved, will replace up to 40% of the original hospital and build upon the £90m investment from phase one of the project which was completed in 2015. The new build will bring a huge upgrade in facilities for both patients and staff creating an improved environment while retaining bed capacity and services for the site. The new build will include: a short stay paediatrics area, a care of the elderly ward, a specialist palliative care/step down ward and a stroke/rehabilitation ward.  Plans also include the refurbishment of existing areas including Gynaecology services, which will include a separate early pregnancy suite.

Cumbria Pride and Diverse Cumbria Awards

Health advice for the LGBT+ community will be on hand at this weekend’s Cumbria Pride. The event, which is being held at Carlisle Castle, is supported by NCIC and other local businesses. This year is the 12th year of Pride. Last year the event had to be held virtually due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Cumbria Pride promotes equality, diversity and aims to be a strong voice for Cumbria’s LGBT+ community. Staff from NCIC will have a stall with a focus on how Coronavirus has affected the mental health of the LGBT+ community. Sexual health advice will also be on offer. At the event, the Trust will also be promoting health and wellbeing for everyone and launching the Trust’s new charity. We would like to wish our colleagues at NCIC, and our partners, good luck in tonight’s Diverse Cumbria Awards

Relaunch of Trust charity

A new look for a part of the Trust’s charitable funds has been launched to breathe new life into our fundraising activities for the benefit of patients and staff. The Trust’s charity has been renamed and is now called North Cumbria Hospitals NHS Charity. The charity exists to provide resources and facilities to meet the needs of our patients and their families. The charity covers costs of projects and initiatives which are not covered by core NHS funding. If you have a fundraising idea and would like support please contact: ncm or if you have a project that needs charitable support contact

Update on stakeholder bulletin

We will be ceasing the weekly stakeholder update from the end of this month and replacing it with a monthly update to our members. To ensure you continue to receive this join us as a member. The last stakeholder update will be on Friday, October 1.

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