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Friday, 18 April 2014

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Mayor makes hospital visit

THE mayor of Copeland has paid a visit to those who spent Christmas in West Cumberland Hospital.

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Civic caller: The Mayor of Copeland Coun Geoff Garrity and mayoress Sandra made a visit to West Cumberland hospital and took a meeting a shy Yara Ouda, 2, with mum Aysha in the children’s ward

Geoff Garrity took a tour around the maternity and elderly care and children’s wards, speaking to the patients.

Coun Garrity said: “It’s become a Christmas tradition and we come to show that we are here and say Merry Christmas to them all.

“The staff here make Christmas Day really good for the patients, but it’s still not the best place to be at Christmas.”

Ian Gordon, interim chairman of the North Cumbria University Hospitals Trust, said: “Patients and staff think that it’s great to see them come to the hospital at this time of year.

“They come every year so it’s something the patients know is happening and look forward to it.

“The staff enjoy it too because it’s a chance for the mayor to see the work they do all year round.”

Ann Farrar, chief executive of the Trust, said: “It just shows the patients that they are being thought of and the mayor always says thank you to the staff.”

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