Health

rory_telestrokePenrith and The Border has more community hospitals than any other constituency in Britain (Brampton, Alston, Penrith, and Wigton). They are, have always been, and will always be under threat. In 2005 one in four of all Cumbrians signed a petition to keep the hospitals open. They were saved and the Primary Care Trust and its successors have since committed to keeping them.

The reason community hospitals matter more so now than ever before, is because our needs in Cumbria are changing. In the next twenty years we will have twice the number of people over 85 in Cumbria. Those aged over 65 is set to rise to 35 per cent over the same period, and hospital admissions are likely to rise by 60 per cent because of increasing long years of chronic illness. This will be a financial disaster for the NHS, which could face an extra 20 million pounds of costs in Alzheimers treatment in Cumbria alone, each year.

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RORY NOMINATES SIX CUMBRIAN HEALTHCARE PROVIDERS FOR PRESTIGIOUS NATIONAL AWARD

Rory has nominated six Cumbrian healthcare providers for the NHS70 Parliamentary Awards, which are designed to celebrate the NHS’s 70th anniversary by honouring outstanding local teams, projects and people. It was a difficult decision but, in the end, Rory nominated the Alston Alliance for the Healthier Communities Award, the Eden Community Nursing Teams for the […]

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THANKS FOR DEDICATED DISTRICT NURSES AFTER STORM EMMA

Rory Stewart MP has praised the work of Eden’s District Nursing teams after they battled through snow and wind to care for patients during Storm Emma. With the help of Mountain Rescue, and members of the public with four wheel drive vehicles, or farmers with tractors, teams from Kirkby Stephen, Penrith and Alston endured heavy […]

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RORY URGES CONSTITUENTS TO STAY WELL THIS WINTER

Penrith and The Border MP Rory Stewart is urging constituents to take care of themselves and their neighbours this winter. Every year, winter puts increased pressure on our NHS and emergency services, due to the combination of cold weather, increased levels of flu, sicker patients and staff illness, and the ‘Stay Well This Winter’ campaign has […]

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PENRITH AND THE BORDER’S COMMUNITY HOSPITALS

Prior to yesterday’s announcements all Cumbrian MPs were briefed by the Success Regime about the future of Cumbria’s community hospitals and the implications for in-patient beds. Rory Stewart said: “I have pushed consistently for the retention of beds in our community hospitals. I have also pushed consistently for the regime to engage with our Leagues […]

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RORY PRAISES PENRITH AGE UK HUB FOR SERVICES TO HEALTH AND WELLBEING

Rory Stewart MP on Friday paid a visit to the Carlisle and Eden branch of Age UK’s new Hub service, following its official opening last month. ​There he met with local staff – including ​Hub Coordinator Hazel Laithwaite, and Alison Ambrose, CEO of Carlisle and Eden Ague UK – and volunteers, and chatted about the […]

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RORY SUPPORTS WIGTON HOSPITAL STAFF IN VISIT

Rory Stewart MP has visited Wigton Hospital, where he met with nursing staff, Eveline Dugdale of the League of Friends, and Cumbria Partnership staff to reassure of his support for the Hospital, part of his ongoing campaign to push back against the Success Regime’s consultation into the future of Cumbria’s Community Hospitals. The visit coincides […]

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RORY RAISES PRESSURE ON SUCCESS REGIME’S COMMUNITY HOSPITAL PLANS

The campaign by Penrith and The Border MP Rory Stewart to halt the NHS Success Regime’s plans to reduce community hospital beds in his constituency continues, with Rory pressing the Programme Chair Sir Neil McKay on a number of fronts, and lobbying government Minister Ben Gummer for support. In an intervention this week, and following […]

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RORY JOINS MARCH TO ‘BRING EDENSIDE HOME’

Rory Stewart MP joined around 300 supporters of Appleby’s ‘Bring Edenside Home’ campaign on Saturday, as they marched through the town to raise the profile of their campaign and put pressure on Cumbria County Council to reopen the care home. Edenside was closed in December following the devastating floods, and residents were evacuated to the former Greengarth care home […]

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RORY PLEDGES SUPPORT FOR “BRING EDENSIDE HOME” CAMPAIGN

Rory Stewart MP has pledged his support for residents of Edenside care home in Appleby, who were evacuated to the former Greengarth care home in Penrith, when Appleby was hit by the devastating Storm Desmond in December. Repair work to the care home has not yet started and there are fears in the community that […]