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New surgical service to launch at West Cumberland Hospital

The service will be available at West Cumberland Hospital and Cumberland Infirmary Photo: ITV Border

A surgical service will be launched at West Cumberland Hospital in Whitehaven on Tuesday the 18th of April.

The service will be aimed at treating oesophageal disorders. North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust say this will mean patients will no longer have to travel out of the county for treatments.

Delivering an efficient, expert and locally accessible service for our local communities will greatly improve the quality of care we are providing for patients requiring oesophageal investigations.

I believe we will see the number of referrals to the service increase and I am pleased that we are able to provide it at both of our hospitals sites, with the main centre being at West Cumberland Hospital as part of our overall clinical strategy to provide more surgery in Whitehaven.

– MR DAYA KARAT, CLINICAL DIRECTOR FOR EMERGENCY SURGERY AT NORTH CUMBRIA UNIVERSITY HOSPITALS NHS TRUST

The breakdown of equipment meant patients had to travel to hospitals in the North East of the country for tests.

The service will also be provided at Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle.