North West Ambulance Service

Ambulance crews battled to save man who fell into lake

Police say the man who died after falling into Windermere earlier this week was 57 and from Heversham, near Milnthorpe.

Emergency services were called to Glebe Road, one of the busiest tourist areas in the Lake District, just before 13:00 on Wednesday, and medical staff from the ambulance and air ambulance tried in vain to save the man's life.

Police say the coroner has been informed, and they have no reason to be suspicious about the man's death.

'Lessons to be learned' on unfinished blue-light base

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Ellis Butcher

Lessons need to be learned over major delays in building a £4.8m new emergency services base on the A590 just outside Ulverston, councillors have been told.

Half-completed building
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The Blue Light Hub was supposed to be completed last year, but no work has been done since a dispute between Cumbria County Council and the contractor last August.

Questioned at the annual meeting of the council, cabinet member David Southward said that dispute had now been resolved, and officials were now trying to find a new company to take the project to completion.

But Mr Southward was not able to to give a timescale for the work to be done.

We are in discussion with a particular contractor who is at present working on an initial no-obligation feasibility study."

David Southward

Ambulance attacks 'put lives at risk'

Lives could be at risk if people do not stop throwing stones and other items at ambulances, service bosses have said.

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North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) has seen three vehicles on emergency calls targeted in March, with one medic being hit in the head through an open window.

Operations director Ged Blezard said the attacks delayed "critical help" and could cause "serious injury or death".

A NWAS spokesman said the "spate" of stone throwing added "a worrying dimension" to what staff already face.

MP steps up call for more ambulances in county

The Cumbrian MP Tim Farron is developing his campaign for two additional ambulances in the South of the county.

Mr Farron, the Liberal Democrat MP for Westmorland and Lonsdale, says figures obtained from the North West Ambulance Service show that, compared with London, the region has half the number of ambulances per head of population.

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The North West Ambulance Service says the figures do not accurately reflect its resources, because they don't include rapid-response vehicles.

But Mr Farron says that does not overcome the problems.

Those figures are awful to start off with, but of course in London the distances the ambulances have to travel are relatively small but here they are colossal."

Tim Farron

Minister offers to meet Farron on ambulance 'shortage'

Concerns about a shortage of ambulances in Cumbria have been raised in the Commons.

The Liberal Democrat MP for Westmorland and Lonsdale, Tim Farron, told the health secretary Matt Hancock that there were only half as many ambulances per head of the population in the county, as there were in London.

Tim Farron in House
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In rural Cumbria the situation is far worse, so will he agree to our proposal for an additional two ambulances for Westmorland so we can keep our communties safe?"

Tim Farron

Mr Hancock said more ambulances were being provided but he was happy to meet the Cumbrian MP to discuss the matter.