Posted on Thursday 12th May 2011
Deputy Chief Executive Kevin Clarkson
The Trust Board of North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust this week approved the Full Business Case for the £90 million redevelopment of West Cumberland Hospital.
This is a significant step forward as the Trust moves ahead with the redevelopment that will see a new hospital for the people of West Cumbria that is fit for the 21st century.
The Full Business Case (FBC) will now be forwarded to NHS Cumbria to secure commissioner support and to NHS North West to secure strategic health authority approval. Subject to SHA approval, the FBC will then be submitted for final approval by the Department of Health.
It is anticipated that building work on the main new build will commence in October 2011 following approval by the Department of Health.
Kevin Clarkson, Deputy Chief Executive and Chief Operating Officer, said: “We are delighted that the Full Business Case has been approved by our Trust Board. This is a significant move forward for the redevelopment of the hospital which should be very reassuring for the community of West Cumbria.
“The redevelopment is continuing and we are moving ahead. We anticipate that subject to the necessary final approvals, we will be in a position to start the new build part of the project this October."