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
– Dr Neil Goodwin, Interim Chief Executive,
“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.”
– Mike Walker, Medical Director
“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."