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First look at the new West Cumberland Hospital

Tomorrow marks the completion of the highest point of the new £90m West Cumberland Hospital.

ITV Border was given a special tour of the new state of the art facility ahead of the topping out ceremony.

Future emergency department at the new West Cumberland Hospital Credit: ITV News
Hard at work at the new accident and emergency entrance Credit: ITV News
This will soon be the new emergency department Credit: ITV News
View from on top of the new west cumberland hospital Credit: ITV News


Matrons reintroduced in Cumbrian hospitals

New matrons are beginning work at the Cumberland Infirmary and the West Cumberland Hospital today.

The positions were created after the North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust was criticised by the Keogh review into higher than expected death rates.

The Trust has recruited 70 qualified nurses during the last 12 months to try and deal with previous failings.

"Keogh outlined the need for us to urgently review our staffing"

"One of the key priority actions from Keogh outlined the need for us to urgently review our staffing arrangements and we have been working closely with all partners to ensure a swift process for staff.

"It is vital that our frontline nursing teams have clear leadership and lines of accountability on the ward and also that our nurses have time to do what they do best and provide nursing care for patients.

"This new model, which will replicate the highly successful ward leadership model at Northumbria Healthcare means we can greatly improve the safety of care and experience of our patients."

– Chris Platton, acting director of nursing and quality, North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust
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