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Written by John Walsh   
Thursday, 11 February 2021

rod harpin.pngNorth Cumbria Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust has as many patients in hospital as during the peak of the first wave.

The Cumberland Infirmary and the West Cumberland Hospital are still very busy caring for coronavirus patients despite the number of infections falling in the community.

Dr Rod Harpin (pictured), Medical Director at the Trust has today revealed how the hospitals are coping.

He said: “We are still caring for large numbers of patients in our hospitals with coronavirus, similar to the numbers we saw in the peak of the first wave.

“This is largely due to the length of time that it takes for the virus to run its course, and the fact that in this wave patients that do require hospital care tend to be sicker. Our intensive care units are still exceptionally busy. 

“We have continued to run urgent and emergency services and we are starting to make plans for some routine services to resume next month.  However our ability to do this depends on how quickly the number of patients with covid reduces.

“We all have a part to play in that reduction of community spread by following the advice during lockdown.”

North Cumbria Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust is reminding the local community that routine services are still suspended. 

Dr Harpin added: “Suspending our routine services was not a decision that was made lightly but it was necessary in order for us to be able to treat the volume of patients with COVID-19 who need our support. 

“We have had to change how we work to care for coronavirus patients and staff from our routine services have been redeployed.  While we do this, we can’t deliver routine services to you, your family and friends.” 

The Trust is also reminding the community that visiting to inpatient units is temporarily suspended. This includes the Cumberland Infirmary, West Cumberland Hospital and all of the community hospitals.  

There are exceptions to this and they can be viewed on the website

Dr Harpin concluded: “Whilst we’ve had to make difficult decisions to postpone some services which are not clinically urgent, we continue to provide care to all patients who require urgent or emergency care. 

“If anyone has been invited for an appointment, please attend as this means your case will have been assessed and we would like to see you. It’s important that you come to your appointment on your own, unless you need assistance, as we need to maintain social distancing in our waiting areas and assessment rooms.”

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