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The first public images of the inside of the new West Cumberland Hospital have been released.
North Cumbria NHS Trust bosses say the £90 million redevelopment should be opened in five months time.
A fireearlier this year in the new hospital's energy centre had caused some delays.
Volunteers are being sought to help out at the new £90million West Cumberland Hospital when it opens this autumn.
North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust is holding a recruitment drive next month to encourage people to find out more about what being a volunteer involves.
Volunteer roles are varied but the Trust is especially looking for approachable people to meet patients and visitors when they enter the hospital, answer queries and be a welcoming face.
The volunteers’ recruitment drive takes place from Tuesday 2 to Friday 5 June 2015 to coincide with Volunteers’ Week 2015, which runs from 1 to 7 June.
Volunteers from across North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust have also been invited to events held in both Whitehaven and Carlisle next month to meet volunteers from other departments and celebrate the contribution they make.
“The opening of the new West Cumberland Hospital is an incredibly exciting time for the community and volunteering to be a part of it is a great chance for local people to get involved. “We already have a fantastic team of volunteers working throughout the Trust and the events next month are a way of the Trust thanking them for their time and commitment, and for volunteers to meet volunteers from other departments.”
Anyone interested in volunteering at West Cumberland Hospital and booking a place on the recruitment event to find out more should email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01228 814567.
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The new West Cumberland Hospital is expected to open this Autumn, it has been announced.
That's a boost because progress on the £90m hospital suffered a setback earlier this year, when a fire damaged the energy centre.
The hospital itself wasn't damaged, but was left without any source of electrical power or heating.
Following the fire it has been important for us to carefully consider and test all of the options we had in order to allow us to move forward both quickly and, most importantly, safely.
We are very pleased to say that we are now back on track and the hospital will be opening to patients in Autumn this year. This is a real testament to the hard work and determination of our staff.
We look forward to arranging public open days in the coming months to allow members of the local community to come and view their fantastic new hospital before we open the doors later this year.”
Members of the public are being asked to play their part to improve pressures on North Cumbria hospitals.
Efforts are being focused on reducing the need to maintain escalation beds, which have put a strain on normal routine business when hospitals are at capacity.
Health and social partners are working to make sure patients who do not need to be in an acute hospital bed, are safely discharged to a more appropriate care setting or home with the right package of care.
The public are being asked to help reduce pressures, and are being reminded:
- to think twice before using A&E or calling 999 for serious life threatening emergencies
- to think about using other NHS services such as walk-in centres and pharmacies or call Cumbria Health on Call (out of hours) on 03000 247247 for advice on alternative urgent services available
- to stay away from hospital if they have any symptoms of sickness or diarrhoea.
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Protesters say last night's march over cuts at the West Cumberland Hospital was to keep the issue in the public eye.
Protesters against cuts to services at Whitehaven's West Cumberland Hospital held a torchlit march last night.
The "We need West Cumberland Hospital" Group say that thirty-three services in West Cumbria have either been lost or are under threat, and that moving them to Carlisle is putting public safety at risk.
A new £90,000,000 hospital is being built in Whitehaven but protesters say that the loss of services may not be addressed by this.
However, the North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust is arguing that services have been improved under the new structure.
It also says that it's important to note that some of the "threatened" services may not actually be under threat.
"Following the centralisation of all complex high risk surgery at the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle in 2013, the number of deaths of people from West Cumbria associated with emergency surgery has fallen by over 50%, showing that this was absolutely the right decision for our patients.
“The new £90 million West Cumberland Hospital will ensure that the vast majority of people living in West Cumbria will continue receive their healthcare locally. The new hospital will offer a range of services including an emergency floor with A&E, ambulatory care, ITU and critical care, seven state of the art operating theatres and improved diagnostic services."
Investigators say that the cause of the fire in the energy centre of the new West Cumberland Hospital was "most likely" accidental.
Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service and independent investigators have been working to ascertain what started the blaze on 23 January 2015.
They say the investigation is going well.
“It is a complex, technically demanding investigation involving large amounts of physical and data evidence. The investigation team is working exceptionally well together utilising experts from a wide field of specialities.
“I can confirm that the current evidence we have indicates that the most likely cause is an accidental fire within the Energy Centre. The investigation will continue as we methodically attempt to pinpoint the exact cause.”