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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.


Have you seen missing Jordan?

Police are appealing for the public's help to find missing 16-year-old Jordan Black.

Jordan, from Whitehaven, was last seen in Cockermouth at 11am on Friday 20 June.

He contacted people that night to say he was fine but would not be returning home. He has not been heard from since.

Jordan has not been seen since Friday Credit: Cumbria Police

Jordan is 5ft 9” tall, of slim build, with short dark brown hair. He was last seen wearing a grey Nike sweatshirt, grey converse jogging bottoms and black adidas trainers.

Anyone who knows where Jordan is should contact Cumbria Police on the 101 number.

Tall ships leave West Cumbria this evening

Four tall ships that have been in Whitehaven Marina and Workington harbour are setting sail this evening.

They will head for Belfast before ending their journey at Liverpool on June 26th.

Two of the masted ships – the Mist of Avalon and the Maybe – arrived in Whitehaven harbour yesterday and have been open for the public to go on board and have a look around.

There's also been Chay Blyth’s Ocean Racing Yacht, a continental market and street theatre as part of a Tall Ships Weekend.

One of the ships at Whitehaven is carrying Sellafield apprentices the other has apprentices from United Utilities.

The companies have sponsored the young people to take part.Workington's ship is The Pelican which as been at the Port of Workington, because it is too big for Whitehaven’s harbour.

“Our apprentices are hugely important to us and we have an extensive apprenticeship programme in place across all our terminals.

“This experience will be something completely different for them, but they will learn a great deal about team work, which is an integral part of our approach.

“It is important to us that we help each and every one of them develop their career within the industry. We also encourage them to develop themselves as individuals, helping build their confidence and communication skills, which are just as important as the technical skills.”

– David Huck from Peel Ports, one of the company's supporting the event.


£15 million for mining prospects in Whitehaven

Coking coal is needed for smelting at steel works Credit: PA

Nearly £15 million has been raised to help bring mining back Cumbria.

West Cumbria Mining has raised £14.7 million for the first stage of the project it wants to open next to the former Haig Colliery in Whitehaven, West Cumbria.

The company aims to open the mine to extract coking coal which is used in the steel making industry.

Professor Brian Cox welcomes Cumbria's nuclear history and future

The scientist, Professor Brian Cox, has told guests at the opening of a new exhibition in Whitehaven that nuclear power should be an important source of energy in the UK.

The physicist - and broadcaster - said the Sellafield Story exhibition at the Beacon Museum was a 'wonderful' way of explaining science to ordinary people.

Matt Taylor reports:

Professor Brian Cox praises Sellafield exhibition

Professor Brian Cox is an English physicist and former musician

Professor Brian Cox has told guests at the opening of the Beacon Museum that nuclear power would be an important source of energy in the UK.

The scientist, most famous for his TV series on science, said the exhibition at the Beacon museum was a 'wonderful' way of explaining the science and nuclear processes.

He also gave a lecture to over 100 schoolchildren and students of St Benedict's Whitehaven, Whitehaven Academy, Millom school and Lakes College.

The Sellafield Story exhibition and Beacon Museum have been officially opened by Professor Brian Cox in Whitehaven.

Sellafield Ltd have entered a partnership with the local council to fund the running of the Beacon museum for the next five years.

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