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Treasury says yes to funding the new West Cumberland Hospital

Posted on Monday 30th July 2012
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Impression of the new West Cumberland Hospital

North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust is delighted to announce that HM Treasury has today approved the release of capital funding for the redevelopment of West Cumberland Hospital.

The Government will provide £71.6 million for the redevelopment with the remaining £20 million provided by North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust and the North of England Strategic Health Authority over a three year rolling programme of investment.

HM Treasury approval was the last hurdle in the process which has included the development of a full business case which also required approval by the strategic health authority and the Department of Health.

The redevelopment, which will cost £91.6 million in total, has been supported by the Government as one of three significant publically-funded capital builds in the National Health Service which were announced by the Chancellor in October 2010.

HM Treasury have attached a condition to the funding that the final contract for the redevelopment must be signed within three months.

The bid to provide a new hospital for West Cumbria began in March 2009. Demolition work started in January 2010 to prepare the site.

The hospital urgently needs to be updated to allow NHS staff to work more efficiently, to allow greater integration with community and primary care services, to improve emergency care and to increase the number of single rooms to improve patient privacy and dignity.

The redevelopment includes plans for:

  • A new modern A&E unit that is accessible by helicopter and access to key departments such as critical care and the medical assessment unit
  • Improving patient comfort and movement by having a single operating theatre suite close to ward areas instead of theatres dispersed at various locations around the hospital
  • New wards overlooking the views to the Lake District
  • Increasing the proportion of single rooms to meet the 50% minimum single sex accommodation requirement to ensure patient dignity and privacy;
  • Refurbishment of the women’s and children’s unit
  • Demolishing deficient buildings to make space for improved parking facilities at the hospital

Dr Neil Goodwin, Interim Chief Executive, said: “This is excellent news for West Cumbria and we are delighted that the most significant part of the funding for the hospital redevelopment has today been approved by HM Treasury. £91.6 million is the biggest single investment into the healthcare of West Cumbria for over 50 years.

“We are only one of three hospital trusts nationally to secure capital funding for a rebuilding project in the National Health Service. I am personally delighted that West Cumbria was at the top of this list.”

Mike Little, Chairman, said: “Our Trust Board has fought long and hard to ensure this redevelopment went ahead and approval was sought as quickly as possible to secure this funding. The Trust Board has remained committed throughout to this redevelopment which it sees as absolutely essential for the people of West Cumbria.”

Mike Walker, Medical Director, said: ““A new hospital for West Cumbria has been long awaited. 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."