UK government approves funds for West Cumberland Hospital redevelopment
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UK government approves funds for West Cumberland Hospital redevelopment

31 Jul 2012

The UK Government has approved £71.6m funding for the £91.6m redevelopment of West Cumberland Hospital.

The UK Government has approved £71.6m funding for the £91.6m redevelopment of West Cumberland Hospital.

The remaining £20m will be offered by North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust and the North of England Strategic Health Authority over a three-year rolling programme to redevelop West Cumberland Hospital site in Hensingham, Whitehaven.

Development of the site will include new wards, increasing the proportion of single rooms, refurbishment of the women and children’s unit and demolishing deficient buildings to make space for improved parking.

North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust medical director Mike Walker said that a new hospital for West Cumbria has been planned for long time.

"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," Walker said.

The redevelopment will also feature a new accident and emergency (A&E) unit which will be accessible by helicopter and will be easily accessible to the critical care department and medical assessment unit.

Redevelopment of the hospital will create a single operating theatre suite near to the ward areas instead of locating them at different places around the hospital.

Work on the project commenced in March 2009 and demolition work started in January 2010 to prepare the site for redevelopment.

The funding has been provided with a condition that the final contract for the redevelopment must be signed within three months.