Millions invested in local hospital

HM Treasury has approved funding for the £91.6m redevelopment of West Cumberland Hospital.

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West Cumberland Hospital redevelopment approved

The West Cumberland Hospital is to benefit from a £91.6m investment for redevelopment. HM Treasury has approved the funding.

The Government will provide £71.6m. North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust and the North of England Strategic Health Authority will provide a further £20m.

The money will be used in the redevelopment of the Whitehaven based facility.

The bid to provide a new hospital for West Cumbria began in March 2009. Demolition work started in January 2010 to prepare the site.

The redevelopment will be at the Whitehaven facility, plans includes:

  • A new A&E Unit, accessible by helicopter
  • Improving patient comfort
  • New wards with Lake District views
  • Increasing the proportion of single rooms
  • Refurbishment of the women's and children's unit
  • Improving parking facilities by demolishing old buildings

“We are only one of three hospital trusts nationally to secure capital funding for a rebuilding project in the National Health Service. I am personally delighted that West Cumbria was at the top of this list.”

– Dr Neil Goodwin, Interim Chief Executive,

“A new hospital for West Cumbria has been long awaited. The redevelopment will create a gold standard healthcare facility that will be fit for the 21st century and offer a first class environment from which our staff can deliver modern high quality care to the local population."

– Mike Walker, Medical Director

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