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Plea for people to ease pressure on Barrow & Lancaster A&E

The public are being asked to consider using other healthcare services rather than Accident and Emergency (A&E) twitter A&Eand support the discharge of their loved ones, as Furness General Hospital (FGH) and the Royal Lancaster Infirmary (RLI), are both facing operational pressure.
David Walker, Medical Director at, University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust (UHMBT), said: “We are currently experiencing increased operational pressure at FGH and RLI, and we are calling on the public and staff to again help us.
“Members of the public are asked to please help us make sure our staff are free to treat those most in need, such as those who have a serious illness or injury.
“Whilst we will see and treat all patients who attend, there are those who could be better treated elsewhere. We know it can be difficult when someone is unwell so if you aren’t sure whether or not to attend the A&E, please ring the NHS advice line on 111 who are trained to help. If you have a minor illness or injury that needs attention, you can visit your nearest pharmacist, Primary Care Assessment Centre, or speak to your GP. If you do attend, please be patient with staff who are doing their best in difficult circumstances.”
An emergency is a serious or life-threatening injury and condition, such as a suspected heart attack, acute confused state and fits that are not stopping, loss of consciousness, breathing difficulties, chest pain, head injuries or severe bleeding that cannot be stopped. If someone is seriously ill or injured and their life is at risk, then 999 should be called.
David added; “If your friend or relative is medically fit to be discharged from hospital you can help facilitate their discharge by supporting them to settle in at home. This will help to release pressures in the hospital.”
Details of pharmacy opening times and advice on caring for yourself and your family at home are available at www.nhs.uk/111 or http://www.nhs.uk/NHSEngland/AboutNHSservices/NHShospitals/Pages/leaving-hospital.aspx
David concluded; “If any UHMBT registered nurses or clinical support workers are available to work, please call switchboard on 01539 732288 and speak to the clinical site manager.”

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Diarrhoea & vomiting on ward 9 at FGH

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Symptoms of diarrhoea and vomiting have been confirmed on Ward 9 at Furness General Hospital (FGH).  Joanne Gaffing, Infection Prevention and Tissue Viability Matron, at University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust (UHMBT), said: “There are symptoms of sickness and/or diarrhoea amongst some

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More than 1,000 people visited the Bay Health & Care Partners at this year’s Westmorland Show

UHMBT midwifery team.

Representatives from health and care organisations across South Cumbria and North Lancashire gathered together to showcase their services and engage with the public to find out what helps them to stay healthy. The organisations that attended the show were: Cumbria

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Public invited to tell UHMBT why maternity and children’s services matters to them at free event in Barrow

Local mother with her baby at Maternity Matters event

UHMBT is asking local people in Lancaster and the surrounding areas to talk to them about why maternity, children and young people’s services matter to them, at a special event to be held in Barrow. The free event, titled ‘Maternity,

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Patients handed more control over their care as new respiratory service to be rolled out

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A service aimed at putting control back into the hands of patients is to be rolled out for respiratory patients at University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust (UHMBT) on Monday 18 September. The ‘Patient Initiated Follow-Up Service’ was

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Team UHMBT welcomes 75 new starters

Midwives starting at UHMBT

University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust (UHMBT) welcomed 75 new faces this week, including 44 newly-qualified nurses and five newly-qualified Midwives. As well as the new nurses and midwives, the Trust also welcomed a junior doctor, eight clinical

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Trust sees improvements as part of national initiative

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Staff at the Royal Lancaster Infirmary (RLI) University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust (UHMBT) took part in a three day initiative in conjunction with North West Utilisation Management Unit.  The initiative was designed to support trusts to rapidly

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UHMBT showcases “phenomenally powerful” work to Chief Nursing Officer for NHS England

Joann Morse, Deputy Chief Nurse and Professor Cummings meet staff at the RLI.

Nurses, midwives, allied health professionals and advanced nursing practitioners at University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust (UHMBT) were treated to a visit from Professor Jane Cummings, Chief Nursing Officer for NHS England, on Wednesday 13 September. Professor Cummings

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Keeping Caton moving

Chair based exercise programme

A village in north Lancashire is leading the way with a pioneering chair-based exercise class run by a 78-year-old volunteer. Norma Williams, who lives in Caton, has taught exercise classes and carried out volunteering in the past. She began the

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Sally Young – Quality Assurance Blog

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I hope you have all had a lovely summer – the QAAS visits have continued and we now have 46 wards and departments that are on the scheme. Thank you to the staff who have supported me sometimes at very

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