Medical staff across Cumbria are doing their best to keep health services in the county running
Published: 5th December 2015
Medical staff across Cumbria are doing their best to keep health services in the county running in appalling weather conditions.
The severe disruption is affecting the ability of ambulances to respond and staff to get to where they need to be.
Our hospitals and community services have asked staff to report in if they can help. Some staff who have been on shift are staying on site or with friends nearby so they are close at hand.
Medical and support staff from the North Cumbria University Hospitals Trust, University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay Trust and the Cumbria Partnership Foundation Trust have arrangements for staff to report in. Many have already offered their help.
Accident and Emergency departments around Cumbria are very busy and anyone who needs medical advice is asked to call 111.
Doctors in Cumbria have responded to a call from Cumbria Health on Call (CHOC) with medics around the county available to react to calls or give medical advice. The service is very busy this evening.
Our emergency services are under extreme pressure and 999 should only be used for life threatening emergencies.
Cumbrians are also asked to check on vulnerable family, friends and neighbours if it is safe to do so.
Severe winds can sometimes cause damage to the power network, if you have a power cut or if you notice any power lines down please stay away and contact Electricity North West on 0800 195 4141, http://www.enwl.co.uk/ or follow @ElectricityNW for live updates.
Should your property be affected by a flood please be extremely careful and do not touch any electrical equipment or power cables. For more information about flood alerts, visit https://www.gov.uk/check-if-youre-at-risk-of-flooding.
Keep up-to-date with the weather at http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/. To keep up to date with the latest weather forecasts, visit the Met Office website: http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/.
Tune in to your local BBC Radio station to keep up to date with road and school closures and other community issues:http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/england/cumbria/ and http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/england/lancashire.
You can also contact the Cumbria Highways Hotline on 0845 609 6609 or Lancashire Highways at http://www.lancashire.gov.uk/winter.aspx.
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