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Work completed on £3.5 million mental health unit at West Cumberland Hospital

Posted on Tuesday 26th June 2012

Inside the new unit

North Cumbria University Hospitals Trust is delighted to hand over a newly refurbished building on the West Cumberland Hospital site to the Cumbria Partnership Foundation Trust for occupation by the Mental Health ward and associated services.

Staff and Managers from both Trusts are busy preparing for the unit to be occupied by patients from today, Tuesday 26 June. The £3.5 million unit has been completely redeveloped as part the West Cumberland Hospital New Hospital Project. The Construction works have been led by Laing O’Rourke, the main contractor for the new West Cumberland Hospital, and has involved local sub-contractors / workforce.  

Once the Mental Health Services have moved out of Yewdale Ward tomorrow, demolition work continues at a pace, in accordance with plans, to prepare for construction. This will enable the new hospital redevelopment to progress on plan as per the contractors’ schedule.

Angus Forsyth, Nurse Consultant for Yewdale Ward, said “This is a great development for mental health services in West Cumbria. The new ward will enable us to provide more therapies and activities, all in an environment which has been designed to promote recovery. Staff and patients alike are excited about the move and the opportunities that it will provide.”

Patients on the ward, which provides acute mental health inpatient care, will benefit from individual bedrooms with en-suite facilities. There will also be a well-equipped occupational therapy room which will encourage patients to take part in different activities to aid recovery. The ward will have separate male and female areas, and includes a courtyard, conservatory and open plan lounge.

For people looking for the new unit, it is located on the other side of the hospital site (on the right hand side, after A&E and the maternity unit). The Crisis Resolution Home Treatment Team will also be based at the new ward. All telephone and fax numbers will stay the same.