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Mayor of Copeland '100% reassured' after visiting new West Cumberland Hospital

Posted on Wednesday 2nd October 2013

The Mayor and Mayoress of Copeland, Geoff and Sandra Garrity, visited the redevelopment site of the new West Cumberland Hospital on Monday 30 September.

During the tour, the Mayor and Mayoress were taken to all three levels of the new hospital, including the emergency floor, theatres and ward areas with single rooms. The visit was led by Les Morgan (Director of West Cumberland Hospital), Richard Heaton (Head of Nursing for surgery), Steven Kinninmonth (Project Leader for Laing O’Rourke) and Mark Noble (Project Leader for Crown House).

Whilst they were at the hospital, the Mayor and Mayoress also paid a visit to staff and patients on Jenkin and Skiddaw wards.

After the visit, the Mayor said: “I feel 100% reassured after visiting the new hospital. I never imagined I would be walking around a world-class facility like this in West Cumbria. The scale and size of what I have just seen goes way beyond what I expected.

“The single bed rooms are very large and I believe staff will be happy to come and work in a modern facility such as this. I look forward to returning in six months to see how the hospital is progressing.”

Gerard Richardson, local businessman and member of Save our Services, also attended the visit: “I’ve been a part of Save our Services since it first started and attended all the meetings both public and private, sometimes in a panic that we may lose the hospital in the early days and more latterly worried that we may see West Cumberland Hospital downgraded in some way.

“Years of worry floated away when I walked into the new facility. The scale of it is jaw-dropping and the layout is incredible. The theatre floor with seven operating theatres and a maternity facility is stunning and is above the emergency floor which has A&E and CHOC conveniently rolled into one fluid floor.

“I’ve heard all sorts of comments that it’s not going to be as good as we have or that it will end up as a cottage hospital but let me dash all those fears right now. The new hospital is going to be world class and I think it will attract services once the clinicians and the local GPs see what is on offer - I'm totally sold."

The hospital is now really taking shape, with the full benefits of a construction solution that is designed and manufactured off site clearly evident. The main structure and envelope of the building is now substantially complete and internal works well underway. The construction work remains on track for completion in December 2014. Once the new build phase is completed, work will begin on refurbishing the retained estate in early 2015.