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Hospital Trust: 'New hospital is something to celebrate'

The North Cumbria University Hospitals Trust which runs the West Cumberland Hospital say the £90 million redevelopment marks a new era in healthcare for West Cumbria and will be completed in five months.

Our clinical departments will move into the new hospital in spring 2015 and the modern facility offers many state-of-the-art services including seven operating theatres and an integrated emergency floor....the new hospital is something for the local community to celebrate and we look forward to providing high quality care in a modern environment.”

– Dr Jeremy Rushmer, medical director for North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust

Over 100 expected at Whitehaven hospital protest

Over 100 campaigners are marching through Whitehaven in protest at changes to the West Cumberland Hospital.

They're concerned services could be moved further away and have gathered over 6,500 signatures on their petition over the last month.

"People should be able to get the best treatment possible at the West Cumberland Hospital, rather than travelling to Carlisle or even Newcastle. Travelling that far could mean the difference between life and death."

– Siobhan Gearing, 26-year old campaigner

North Cumbria NHS Hospital Trust is drawing up its plans for the next 5 years. It needs to save £30 million and says current spending would leave a gap of another £20 million.

Sign marks site for new Dumfries hospital

Dennis O'Keeffe from Dumfries and Galloway NHS was on hand to unveil the new sign. Credit: ITV News Border
The hospital is expected to open in early 2018. Credit: ITV News Border
Construction will begin in April next year. Credit: ITV News Border

The development of the new general hospital in Dumfries has taken another step forward with the erection of the official sign to mark the new site.

The hospital, which will be based near the Garroch roundabout, is expected to cost around £200 million and building work is due to begin April next year. The hospital will open in early 2018.

New website planned for NHS Cumbria patient ratings

A new service is being launched to allow patients in Cumbria to rate the county's health services.

Currently each health trust collects it's own patient feedback, displaying it in different ways.

The new system will mean information from across the county will compiled in the one place.

It will be displayed on a new countywide website, the first of it's kind in the UK.

The first version of the site is expected to go live within the coming weeks.


Six week public consultation launched by NHS

A public consultation has been launched by the NHS in Cumbria.

People living in Allerdale, Copeland, Carlisle and Eden will help to inform a five year plan to improve the county's NHS.

“We are already seeing some real improvementsacross health services which are resulting in benefits for patients. During theengagement exercise over the next couple of months we want to hear more fromlocal people about what is most important to them to help them to stay well andwhen they need to access health services.”

– Dr Hugh Reeve, clinical chair of NHS Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group

The consultations will begin next week and run for six weeks.

You can attend the meetings at the following locations:

  • Wednesday, 16 April from 10am to 2pm - Market, Pow Street, Workington
  • Thursday, 17 April from 10am to 2pm - Market, Criffle Street, Silloth
  • Saturday, 26 April from 10am to 1:30pm - Farmers' Market, Market Place, Brampton
  • Friday 2 May from 10am to 2pm - Farmer's Market, English Street, Carlisle
  • Thursday 15 May from 10am to 2pm - Moot Hall Area Market, Keswick
  • Saturday 17 May 10am to 2pm - Market Place Whitehaven
  • Tuesday 20 May 10am to 2pm - Farmers' Market, Clock Tower, Penrith
  • Monday 26 May 10am to 2pm - Bank Holiday Plant Market, Wilkinson Car Park, Cockermouth

NHS public consultation launched

North Cumbrian health organisations are launching a public consultation to gauge opinion of the NHS.

Findings from people living in Allerdale, Copeland, Carlisle and Eden will help inform a five year plan to improve the county's NHS.

The plan, which is currently being drafted, will build on a range of developments already in place to provide better health services.

Trust 'genuinely excited about opportunities ahead'

The Trust has had a difficult few years. A few days ago three junior doctors were removed from their posts at the West Cumberland Hospital because there weren't enough senior staff to support them. Staff shortages have previously been criticised and the Trust has also dealt with financial issues.

The Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust is working with the hospitals under a 'buddy' system of support. A planned takeover is currently on hold after the Cumbrian Trust was put into special measures. A £90 million redevelopment of the Whitehaven site is due to be completed later this year.

The Trust is entering a very exciting phase of development, delivering our safety and quality improvements and working very closely with our official buddy trustNorthumbria Healthcare.There can be no denying the historical problems we have faced with recruitment but we are genuinely excited about the opportunities which lie ahead, especially with the new West Cumberland Hospital opening and the overall positive direction which the organisation is now taking.

– Dr Jeremy Rushmer, Medical Director, North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust

Worldwide hunt for Cumbrian Hospital staff

A worldwide hunt is underway to recruit staff for two Cumbrian hospitals. The troubled North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust which runs the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle and West Cumberland Hospital in Whitehaven needs to hire dozens of Consultants, Doctors and Nurses.

The recruitment drive is being dubbed 'Looking for a fresh start' with hospital bosses hoping to attract more people like Consultant Paediatrician Dr Jason Gane, a South African who has just moved with his family from London to live and work in Cumbria

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