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The Government has announced that up to £100million will be invested in the two acute hospitals in north and west Cumbria.
£30-50 million will pay for a new cancer unit at the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle. The same amount will be spent on the continued re-building of the West Cumberland Hospital in Whitehaven and up to £5million will pay for eight so-called "Integrated Care Communities" to improve access to local services in the community.
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Trudy Harrison, MP for Copeland, has praised the major investment for West Cumberland Hospital, saying it is 'fantastic' news for patients.
The funding will help to deliver faster diagnosis for conditions including cancer, easier access to mental health services, expansions of A&E departments, shorter waiting times for operations, and more services in GP surgeries.
“There has been huge progress in improving patient care and this funding will help to secure the highest quality, most compassionate patient care anywhere in the world.”
The North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust has been ranked 45 out of 138 trusts in England, for its Accident and Emergency performance.
The national average for all trusts in May 2017 was 84.6% and North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust’s overall performance was 89.8%, above the average.
The national standard is that 95% of patients should be seen, treated, admitted or discharged from A&E in under four hours.
The most important message to take from this is remembering that behind these figures are our patients and local communities who both need and deserve excellent care. I am delighted to be able to share the news today that our continued focus on improvement is resulting in real progress and we will keep striving towards hitting the 95% standard.
The Trust’s two A&E departments in Carlisle and Whitehaven had 7,696 attendances in May 2017, equating to over 10 people every hour.
The North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust is still rated as 'requires improvement' by the Care Quality Commission.