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New Thyroid Clinic at West Cumberland Hospital

For the first time in the hospital’s history, a new thyroid and parathyroid outpatient clinic will start on Friday 10 January at West Cumberland Hospital in Whitehaven.

Mr Ludger Barthelmes, consultant breast and endocrine surgeon for North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust, is introducing the clinic for patients requiring assessment of thyroid nodules, goitre (thyroid enlargement) and hyperparathyroidism (overactive parathyroid glands). The clinic will run every Friday morning. Follow-up appointments and further investigations (imaging) will be arranged in West Cumberland Hospital.

Mr Barthelmes has worked for the Trust for over three years after graduating in Dusseldorf, Germany in 1994 and moving to the UK in 1997 where he completed his higher surgical training in Cardiff.

Mr Barthelmes said: “I am very much looking forward to starting my new clinic in West Cumberland Hospital. It will be great to work there every week, especially as I will see the new hospital progressing more and more until it is completed next December. I am pleased to be able to offer this service locally to the people of West Cumbria.”