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
“We are only one of three hospital trusts nationally to secure capital funding for a rebuilding project in the National Health Service. I am personally delighted that West Cumbria was at the top of this list.”
– Dr Neil Goodwin, Interim Chief Executive,
“A new hospital for West Cumbria has been long awaited. The redevelopment will create a gold standard healthcare facility that will be fit for the 21st century and offer a first class environment from which our staff can deliver modern high quality care to the local population."