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Beds to shut at Cumberland Infirmary

Carlisle's Cumberland Infirmary Photo: ITV Border

Sixteen beds are to close at Carlisle's Cumberland Infirmary as part of controversial healthcare changes.

North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust, which runs the infirmary and the West Cumberland Hospital in Whitehaven, say the creation of eight community hubs means fewer beds are now needed.

The so-called 'Integrated Care Communities' co-ordinate treatment for people in their local areas and allow more patients to stay at home.

The beds on the Aspen Ward will close on 1 October.

“We know that once a patient has had a procedure or has been treated for an acute illness, hospital is no longer the best place for them to be and we have been working together as a system for some time now to address this in north Cumbria.

“With the establishment of the eight ICCs, we feel now is the time to reduce the number of beds we have at the Cumberland Infirmary by a small number and to use the area to improve patient experience when coming in for an surgical procedure by relocating the surgical pre-admission unit."

– Stephen Eames, trust chief executive and lead for the North Cumbria Health & Care System