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New £90 million West Cumberland Hospital opens to first patients today

Posted on Monday 5th October 2015
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New A&E department at West Cumberland Hospital has opened today

The new £90 million West Cumberland Hospital opens its doors to the first patients today.

Some services have now moved into the new hospital, whilst other wards and departments will transfer throughout this week.

Months of planning behind the scenes will ensure any disruption is kept to a minimum but members of the public are asked for their patience during the transfer period.

Patients and visitors will access the new hospital via the existing main entrance – follow the corridor round to the left, past the old Fairfield (children’s) ward – except for anyone attending A&E. The entrance to the new A&E department is at the rear of the hospital site.

People are reminded that the ring road around the hospital site has reverted to one-way traffic, in a clockwise direction. Please note, one small section of the ring road is still two-way for emergency vehicles only – the section between the helipad and the new A&E department.

Les Morgan, director for redevelopment at North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust, said: “Staff have been working for months behind the scenes to ensure everything goes as smoothly as possible for the transfer of services into the new West Cumberland Hospital, and I would like to thank them for all of their efforts. We would ask everyone for their patience as we move services across to the new build, and look forward to getting to work in this excellent new healthcare facility.”

Pharmacy, Endoscopy and Ambulatory Care (Nurse Practitioners) have moved into the new hospital over the weekend. A&E, Cumbria Health on Call (CHoC), the Emergency Admissions Unit (EAU), Coronary Care Unit (CCU), Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and Radiology all move in today (Monday 5 October). Ward 2, the adult medical ward, will move on Tuesday 6 October. Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU), Delivery, Maternity Ward and Paediatrics will move on Wednesday 7 October. Further moves, including Ward 1 – the adult surgical ward – Theatres, and the Day Case Unit will take place over the following weekend (9-12 October).

The Trust has produced a newspaper supplement and leaflet giving more information about services inside the new hospital, including handy floor plans. They can both be found around the hospital or on the Trust website at