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A much-needed redevelopment of the West Cumberland Hospital has finally been given the go-ahead after two years of planning.
Work on the ninety-one million pound project could begin before the end of the year, with the new hospital up and running by 2015. It will reduce the number of patients having to travel to Carlisle or Newcastle for operations
The West Cumberland Hospital is to benefit from a £91.6m investment for redevelopment. HM Treasury has approved the funding.
The Government will provide £71.6m. North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust and the North of England Strategic Health Authority will provide a further £20m.
The money will be used in the redevelopment of the Whitehaven based facility.
The bid to provide a new hospital for West Cumbria began in March 2009. Demolition work started in January 2010 to prepare the site.
The redevelopment will be at the Whitehaven facility, plans includes:
- A new A&E Unit, accessible by helicopter
- Improving patient comfort
- New wards with Lake District views
- Increasing the proportion of single rooms
- Refurbishment of the women's and children's unit
- Improving parking facilities by demolishing old buildings