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Work has begun on a major renovation of Keswick Hospital.
It's part of a drive by NHS Cumbria to bring standards in community hospitals to new national levels.
The development will increase the range of services and cut down the number of patients having to travel long distances for simple procedures.
Ryan Dollard has the full report:
Work has begun on a £1.25 million pound refurbishment of Keswick Hospital.
The project will increase the range and quality of services it's able to offer and save many patients travelling to Carlisle for treatment and operations.
The building work is expected to be completed by late spring with minimal disruption to existing services in the meantime.
NHS Cumbria believe that this will greatly increase the quality of healthcare available locally to people in the Keswick area:
Helen Boit is the Integrated Matron for Keswick, Cockermouth and Maryport.
"Work has already begun and will take about six months to complete.
"The hospital will be open as usual during this time as work has been staged through the hospital has been planned carefully to ensure that current services can still operate with we hope as minimal disruption as possible."
£1.25 million of work has begun to renovate Keswick's Community Hospital.
The Mary Hewetson Community Hospital in the town received money from NHS Cumbria, Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and Keswick Hospital’s League of Friends.
NHS Cumbria says that major building work has been planned to ensure that current services can still operate with as minimal disruption as possible.
When it's completed in six months' time, it's hoped the hospital will have an improved service for minor injuries and the management of in-patients.
The work at Keswick’s hospital is part of the final phase of a three year, £7.6 million investment in Cumbria’s community hospitals, health centres and clinics.
The NHS Cumbria project is aimed at bringing all community hospitals up to CQC standards.