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Cash boost for obstetric service at West Cumberland Hospital

Posted on Thursday 9th February 2012

Maternity staff at West Cumberland Hospital

North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust has agreed a significant year-on-year investment into obstetric services at Whitehaven’s West Cumberland Hospital to ensure continued sustainability and continuity of care for the women of West Cumbria.

The Trust has agreed to increase the number of Consultants and speciality doctors working in the service which provides maternity and gynaecological care to thousands of women who live along the West Coast.

The existing Consultant tier is to be expanded to five with the appointment of a new Consultant and the compliment of speciality doctors will also be increased.

The appointments represent an additional £232,000 of funding for the obstetric service each year by the Trust.

Importantly, the considerable increase in the medical workforce offers the optimum opportunity to provide a sustainable obstetric model into the future at the West Cumberland Hospital.

Deb Lee, Associate Medical Director for Family and Clinical Support Services and a Consultant Paediatrician at West Cumberland Hospital, said: “This is fantastic news for the obstetric service and for people served by the West Cumberland Hospital.

“With the additional resources, these new posts will attract interest from doctors, so I am confident that we will be able to recruit to them. Importantly, these new posts mean that we can continue to provide this essential service to our patients in West Cumbria that is sustainable and highly valued.”

Mike Walker, Trust Medical Director, said: “I am delighted the Trust has given further commitment to the obstetric service at West Cumberland service and these new appointments will go a long way towards ensuring an ongoing high-quality and safe service for patients into the future.”

The Trust will be advertising the new posts within the next few weeks.