URGENT: Outpatient appointments suspended at North Cumbria Integrated Care

North Cumbria Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust is suspending most outpatient appointments from today unless it is urgent. 

As the number of patients with COVID-19 continues to increase in the trusts hospitals, the difficult decision has been made to suspend  outpatient clinics at the Cumberland Infirmary, West Cumberland Hospital and community sites from Friday the 8th of January 2021.


Urgent appointments will still go ahead and will be assessed on a case by case basis. This will be for a period of two weeks and reviewed on a weekly basis. This will enable us to redeploy medical staff to the wards where extra support is required at this time. 


Dr Rod Harpin, Medical Director at North Cumbria Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust, said:


“In the last week, we have seen a doubling of patients with COVID-19 being admitted into our hospitals and we are expecting this to increase in the coming weeks.  Combined with the fact that many of our staff are having to self-isolate, this brings challenges in delivering our normal services. It is for that reason; we have taken the difficult decision to begin to stand down some routine services including all non- urgent outpatient clinics; and to redeploy staff from these services to assist in maintaining core and emergency services across our hospitals.


“We realise this can be distressing for patients awaiting appointments; however, this decision has been made to prioritise the safety and healthcare needs of our patients. We will endeavour to restart all services as soon as it is safe to do so and will continue to share regular updates. We thank all of our patients for their cooperation at this time.”


The Trust is contacting all patients affected, so patients are not required to contact the Trust. If you have not been told your appointment has been cancelled, or you are invited to attend, please do so as this means your case will have been assessed and we would like to see you. 


The Trust has strict infection prevention measures in place for your safety in the hospital, please wear a mask or face covering, available at the main entrances if you do not have one, use hand sanitisers on entry and exit, stick to the marked one way systems and stay 2m away from others. 

  • Choose our services wisely – if you have been invited for an appointment, please attend. The NHS is still here for you, but please choose the service most appropriate for their need when they need to access medical help. This includes:

o   111 – this service provides 24 hour advice on any healthcare need

o   Pharmacy – think pharmacy first where there are trained professionals who can prescribe medicines and give advice

o   GP – for ongoing or persistent medical issues

o   Minor injuries and Urgent Treatment centres – for urgent but not life-threatening issues

o   A&E – for life-threatening and serious emergencies only.

  • Maternity guidance – If you have any worries regarding your maternity care, your points of contact have not changed. Your midwife is here for you and will be able to discuss your queries.

Announcement: All events & classes in the Market hall have been cancelled and the Hall is closed

Please note- All events & classes in the Market hall have been cancelled and the Hall is closed.

No booking or classed of any kind will be taken until the national lockdown ends and we are out of tier 3 or tier 4.

Stay home. Protect the NHS. Save lives.

Thank you. Stay safe.

Government available funds: Cold weather payments


You may get a Cold Weather Payment if you’re getting certain benefits or Support for Mortgage Interest.

This guide is also available in Welsh (Cymraeg).

You’ll get a payment if the average temperature in your area is recorded as, or forecast to be, zero degrees celsius or below over 7 consecutive days.

You’ll get £25 for each 7 day period of very cold weather between 1 November and 31 March.

The Cold Weather Payment scheme runs from 1 November 2020 to 31 March 2021. Check if you can get a payment in your area.

Cold Weather Payments are different to Winter Fuel Payments.

Urgent: Road closure notice- Croadalla avenue will be closed to traffic from 5th January

Cumbria county council have issued a urgent road closure notice.

From Tuesday 5th January Croadalla avenue, Orgill will be closed to traffic in both directions. The road is to remain closed for two weeks.

This is due to the ongoing flood defense work that is due to be completed by summer 2021.

Egremont Covid 19 support group bring Christmas cheer and much needed support to many in the community.

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Egremont Covid 19 Group today delivered 25 Christmas parcels to people in our parish from funding from LLWR, they were made up of a £10 tray of meat from Wilsons and Napiers, a £10 box of fruit & veg from Marion’s and a tub of chocolates – we are sure this will be welcomed by every one of them and will help go towards ensuring they have enough to eat and enjoy over Christmas.
On top of this, Age Concern and Westlakes Academy ran a scheme whereby a gift was donated by a pupil from the Academy for the elderly in our parish and today we will be calling on 30 elderly people to give them a small gift to show how appreciated they are in our community and valued.Image may contain: 2 people, table and indoor
The £50 vouchers that were given out to families within the primary schools, again funded by LLWR has been a great success and we are sure that this has been a great help to these families at this time.
Our thanks must go to LLWR, Egremont Town Council and to the Co-op. Wilsons Butchers, Napiers Butchers and Marion’s who agreed to partake in this scheme and who have discreetly served customers who have a voucher and have rounded costs down to accommodate them – thank you all.Image may contain: one or more people, phone, table and indoor
Finally, in this difficult year which is not over yet – our thanks must go to all those volunteers who have assisted our Covid 19 Group in ensuring that people in our community have been looked after and have not felt isolated so to each and every one of you – a massive thank you and we hope that everyone enjoys a safe and happy Christmas and though there will be challenges ahead, we can face them together as a community.Image may contain: food
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NHS Blood and Transplant and we still need your help this Christmas and New year period

NHS Blood and Transplant and we still need your help this Christmas and New year period.

We have an upcoming blood donation session at Egremont, Town Council Market Hall on 29th January, with lots of available appointments. We would be grateful if you could help us spread the word. 

We are working closely with the rest of the NHS to keep supplying lifesaving blood to hospitals during the coronavirus pandemic and we need people to keep donating as normal. We have extra safety measures in place and every precaution is being taken to eliminate the risk of covid-19 transmission at our blood donation sessions. Having an appointment to give blood is classed as essential travel and will be exempt from any local or national travel restrictions.   

  Black, Asian and minority ethnic donors are also specifically needed right now, because:  

Some patients who receive frequent blood transfusions need blood to be closely matched to their own  

 A number of blood conditions, like sickle cell disease which is treated through blood transfusions, most commonly affect black, Asian and minority ethnic people  

 The best match typically comes from blood donors from the same ethnic background  

  While people from all communities and backgrounds do give blood, fewer than 5% of our blood donors who gave blood in the last year were from black, Asian and minority ethnic communities. This is despite BAME communities representing around 14% of the population. We want to try and readdress this balance.  

Egremont Poster

 We would be very grateful if you were to communicate this message with anyone you feel may be interested in donating blood. I have also attached a poster and some social media graphics which could be displayed in your premises, posted on your channels or forwarded onto individuals to provide more information.

  Whether you are a new or regular donor, please visit blood.co.uk, download the GiveBlood app or call us on 0300 123 23 23 to book an appointment today.   

  Thank you for helping us to save lives.

We hope you have a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year!

Merry Christmas & a happy New year to you all from Egremont town council

Egremont Town Council Councillors and Staff would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a more sociable 2021.
There is no doubt that 2020 has been the most difficult year in modern years but our community has yet again shown its resilience and ability to just get on with things.
We have seen neighbours become friends and help each other, we have witnessed time and time again people’s generosity with both their money and time but we have also seen loneliness and hardship but by matching the two we came through and we continue to do so. We will come through this stronger as a community and recognise that it’s ok to look after yourself as well as others.
We should all be proud of our community and carry our tenacity and kindness into 2021. We haven’t seen the end of the virus yet but we in Egremont and Area are better placed to continue the fight and we will overcome. Our strength in our past will help us carve a positive future.
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Egremont town council: office availability over the festive season

Egremont town council office will close from 13:00 hours on Thursday December 24th and will reopen on Tuesday December 29th.

The office will be open from 09:00 until 13:00 on both Tuesday and Wednesday and will close again at 13:00 hours on Thursday December 31st, 

The office will then reopen once again from 09:00 until 13:00 hours from Monday January 4th 2021.

Egremont Christmas Stars Competition winners

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Congratulations to our lucky Egremont Christmas Stars Competition
Luca Clements
Ella-Mai Huddart
Harry Kegg
Maisie Young
Kieran Sharpe
Jennifer Bowden & children
Rio Park
Jacob Mott
Matthew & Amaia Powe
Callum Simpson
If we have not managed to get hold of you then could you please call In to the Egremont Town Council offices, to the rear of the Market Hall and collect your prize.
Well done to all winners and thank you to everyone who took part.
Please find the list of which shops the Christmas stars were located in and what was on the star.
Thank you to all those who participated both star spotters and shops.

New bus service for Moor row & Cleator begins in the new year!

Cumbria county council have created a new circular bus service will help Egremont parishioners get to some isolated villages.  The bus service is being provided by the council via  Jansen Travel. 

The new Monday  service to Whitehaven begins from 11th January and will travel via Cleator and Moor Row, which both lost their previous bus services earlier this year. Click here for the time table- 21-01-11 TT-216

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The attached timetable details will appear on the County Council website www.cumbria.gov.uk/buses/216 from Monday.  new roadside timetable posters  will be shown in early January.

Any promotion of the availability of this service will be welcomed to help ensure the service is retained. Please share as much as possible. Thank you.