The staff at the West Cumberland Hospital have been praised by the Trust's chief executive following Friday night's fire.
Anne Farrar has thanked staff for working to ensure that no patients were affected by the incident, including those who volunteered to come from home if they were needed.
She has also paid tribute to Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service.
“I would like to thank our staff for the outstanding commitment they have shown over the past few days.
"I spent Saturday going round West Cumberland Hospital to talk to staff and whilst everybody was understandably upset, they were all also wonderfully determined that the future is still very bright for the hospital.
“I would also like to thank the Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service for their quick action on Friday night to ensure the fire was controlled as quickly as possible.”
Les Morgan, Project Director for new West Cumberland Hospital
A fire in the energy centre of the new West Cumberland Hospital building will set back its opening by months.
Copeland MP Jamie Reed said the news was "utterly devastating" and he will now write to the Department for Health asking that money is put in place to rebuild the centre as quickly as possible.
The fire broke out last night (Friday, 23rd January) in the biomass fuel plant, which was to provide the power for the hospital. No patients or services were affected but the NHS Trust said delays in opening the £100m building were inevitable. It had been due to open in April 2015.
A fire has destroyed the energy centre at the new West Cumberland Hospital in Whitehaven, which was due to open in April.
It broke out last night in the biomass fuel plant, which produces power for the building.
Firefighters spent four hours putting out the blaze and will now investigate what caused it.
The NHS Trust said no patients or services were affected, but the damage will delay the handover of the keys from developers to NHS staff, which was due to happen next week.
It could ultimately delay the moving-in date.
"This is absolutely devastating for me, the staff and the local community. We must let the investigators do their job to understand why this has happened at this time. We were all looking forward to moving into the new hospital and none of us can believe this has happened.”
Accident and emergency departments at West Cumberland Hospital and the Cumberland Infirmary are improving, according to the Care Quality Commission's national patient survey.
The hospitals, run by North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust, showed improvements in six questions, including waiting times, opportunities for relatives to speak to a doctor and receiving prompt attention from staff when needed.
They were listed as 'average' in seven of the eight categories, and 'above' average in the eighth.
- Arrival at A&E - 8.2/10 - Average
- Waiting times - 7.0/10 - Above
- Doctors and nurses - 8.4/10 - Average
- Care and treatment - 8.0/10 - Average
- Tests - 8.2/10 - Average
- Hospital environment and facilities - 8.4/10 - Average
- Leaving A&E - 6.1/10 - Average
- Experience overall - 8.6/10 - Average
315 people who had attended one of the Trust’s A&E departments between January and March 2014 took the survey.
The results will be used in the regulation, monitoring and inspection of the Trust.
But, the Trust is aware that in recent weeks the 95% emergency care standard (patients being seen, treated and admitted or discharged from A&E within four hours) was not maintained, and dropped to 85% in October.
“We are delighted with the 2014 results, showing improvement in almost every area and being rated as one of the best performing hospitals in some areas, particularly for waiting times.
“Our emergency departments have been very busy in recent weeks, with high numbers of people attending and our clinical teams have consistently showed their dedication and commitment to their patients. The survey demonstrates real progress for the teams in both of our hospitals who are working hard to provide a safe, caring and compassionate service.”
Campaigners looking to ensure that acute medical services are not moved from Whitehaven to Carlisle have marched from Millom to the Cumberland Infirmary to make their point.