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Home > News > Tribute to 'truly amazing' staff as services continue to move into new West Cumberland Hospital

Tribute to 'truly amazing' staff as services continue to move into new West Cumberland Hospital

Posted on Friday 9th October 2015
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Some of the Theatres team in one of the brand new operating theatres, West Cumberland Hospital

The new West Cumberland Hospital in Whitehaven is now open to patients with the majority of services moved into their new home in the £90 million building.

The big move started on Monday 5 October with all emergency services (A&E, Coronary Care Unit, Intensive Care Unit, Ambulatory Care, Cumbria Health On-Call) moving in as well as Ward 2 (medical ward), Endoscopy, Radiology and Pharmacy. It continued on Wednesday 7 October with the Children & Young People’s Ward, Special Care Baby Unit and Maternity moving in. Midwives in the Delivery Suite were delighted to welcome the first baby to be born in the new hospital in the early hours of yesterday morning.

Staff have worked around the clock to ensure the moves have gone very smoothly, keeping any disruption to patients at a minimum.

Lesley Carruthers, deputy director of nursing at North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust, has been leading patient transfers this week. She said: “Staff across all disciplines have been truly amazing, ensuring all ward and department transfers have been carried out safely. All patient escort teams ensured that patients have continued to receive a high standard of care at all times throughout the transfer process. I am very proud of the staff and of our fantastic new hospital.”

The remaining services including Theatres, Ward 1 (surgical), Day Surgery Unit, Outpatients, Sterile Services, Ophthalmology and Dental will transfer into the new hospital from today and over the weekend, ready to open to patients on Monday 12 October. The hospital restaurant will also open on Monday, serving the last meals in the old restaurant today (Friday 9 October). The coffee shop will remain in its current location of the time being.