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Future new West Cumberland Hospital plans revealed

Photo: Gilling Dod Architects

Plans for the new West Cumberland Hospital in Whitehaven have been revealed.

The Government announced in July that the hospital would receive between £30-50million to continue the next phase of refurbishment and redevelopment work.

The future plans include a health village and a ‘one health’ education facility, with accommodation and university research experts working with the trust to address some of the regional and social health care challenges.

Architect’s impressions from Gilling Dod Architects, who are in charge of the planning and design, show how the layout of the new hospital.

Credit: Gilling Dod Architects

We have a clear vision of how we can develop and integrate health and care services over the coming months and years in order to improve the quality of care we deliver as well as the health & wellbeing of our communities. West Cumberland Hospital forms a vital part of this plan and we are currently talking to our partners about what could be provided from a health and care campus. As well as providing acute services as we do now, it could also include primary care services and a new education facility in partnership with the University of Central Lancashire. “One of the most important elements of this development is community involvement and we are already talking to members of the community to discuss how we can take this forward together with their input. We have secured the funds and developed initial plans but we now want the community to help us shape a vibrant health village right here in west Cumbria.”

– Professor John Howarth, deputy chief executive at North Cumbria University Hospitals and Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust