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The Bay Health and Care Partners (BHCP) has announced the victors of its 2019/20 Health Heroes awards with winners across primary, community and acute health care services. The annual staff awards were temporarily halted due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and although a face-to-face ceremony could not take place due to the government restrictions, the […]

A pioneering British Sign Language (BSL) system called ‘SignLive’ has been introduced at University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust (UHMBT) to make services more accessible for patients, families, colleagues and anyone who uses BSL. If you are a British Sign Language user, you can use SignLive to contact the Trust 24 hours a […]

With lockdown rules now allowing people to meet outside in groups of up to six people, or two households, Cumbria County Council’s 11 rapid-result COVID-19 test centres are now able to offer tests to all Cumbrians. The centres were previously only open to essential workers who were unable to work from home, but with people […]

From Monday 29th March, the ‘stay at home’ rule ends – and up to 6 people or 2 households can meet outside. Social contact: The evidence shows that it is safer for people to meet outdoors rather than indoors. And this is why from 29 March, when most schools start to break up for the […]

As the country prepares for easing of lockdown restrictions from next Monday, the number of new COVID-19 infections in Cumbria dropped to 114 in week ending 19 March, a 17% reduction on the previous week. Overall Cumbria recorded 23 new cases per 100,000 population, compared to a national average of 55 per 100,000. The overall […]

Two teams that have been providing mental health support to children within education settings have been praised for breaking down barriers and providing vital support. In 2019 Morecambe Bay Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) announced that it had been successful in a bid to be awarded funding for a joint initiative by NHS England and DfE […]

Local health leaders express their gratitude to residents around Morecambe Bay marking a year of difficulty for the country. Throughout the pandemic members of the public have been supporting local health services by following the guidance, being understanding as significant changes were made to how services were delivered, clapping on their doorsteps and making heartfelt […]

The Clinical Lead in Organ Donation at University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust (UHMBT) has been honoured for her dedication to organ donation and transplantation. Dr Vera Gotz, who is also a Consultant in Acute and Intensive Care Medicine at UHMBT, is delighted to have been ‘Highly Commended Runner Up’ in the annual […]

Colin Cox, Cumbria’s Director of Public Health, has reacted to news that some countries have paused use of the Oxford/Astra Zeneca COVID-19 vaccine in response to concerns about blood clotting. He said: “The decision of a number of countries to suspend use of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine is baffling. There have been 37 reports of blood […]

An urgent recruitment drive has been launched across Cumbria for adult care workers to help care for the most vulnerable people at home and in care homes.  The Care Hero Campaign – which originally launched in April 2020 at the peak of the first Covid-19 wave – highlights the staffing crisis currently faced by the […]