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Thanks to 'fantastic staff' as hospitals start to recover from flooding disruption

Posted on Tuesday 8th December 2015
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North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust will return to ‘business as normal’ tomorrow, following the disruption caused by widespread flooding at the weekend.

The mains power supply has been restored to all buildings at the Cumberland Infirmary, which had been running on back-up generators since Sunday.

Elective surgery is expected to go ahead as planned at both the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle and West Cumberland Hospital in Whitehaven tomorrow.

All outpatient appointments were running as normal from today on both sites, as were chemotherapy and endoscopy services.  Major trauma and stroke patients are now able to be treated at the Cumberland Infirmary again, following the restoration of CT services.

Executive chief operating officer Helen Ray said: “We very much expect to be back to business as usual from tomorrow, thanks in large part to the resilience and hard work of our fantastic staff.

“These devastating floods have affected us all in one way or another, but so many of our colleagues have gone out of their way to come into work, and I would like to pay tribute to them, especially those who have offered to come in and cover for those unable to make it in.

“I would also like to offer my thanks to our patients and relatives for their understanding and patience at this difficult time. Anyone whose appointment was cancelled as a result of the disruption this week will be contacted to rearrange it.

“Our A&E departments remain busy, so we would again ask people only to attend if they have a real medical emergency, and think about whether they could receive the advice and care they need elsewhere, such as at their local pharmacy.”

If any planned appointments are subject to further disruption, patients affected will be contacted directly.