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Changes onsite ahead of new £90 million West Cumberland Hospital opening

Posted on Friday 25th September 2015
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The public have another chance to see inside the brand new £90 million West Cumberland Hospital in Whitehaven tomorrow, before it opens its doors to patients on Monday 5 October 2015.

Members of staff will be on hand to answer any queries about their new department from 10.00am to 1.00pm (last entry 12.30pm) this Saturday 26 September.

More than 250 patients, members of the public and stakeholders attended the first public open day yesterday (Thursday 24 September), and gave very positive feedback about what they saw.

The open days allow members of the public the chance to see what the new single en-suite patient rooms look like as well as some departments such as the new A&E department, Outpatients and Maternity.

There is no need to book a place for Saturday’s event and entry will be through the existing main hospital entrance on level 3 where the new hospital can be accessed next to Fairfield ward. Please note there will no alternative access points to the new hospital. Staff will be present to direct people and help familiarise them with the site. Refreshments will be available in the new restaurant.

As the hospital gears up for the move into the new building, visitors are asked for their cooperation while essential changes take place on site. As of 7.00am this Monday 28 September, the ring road around West Cumberland Hospital will revert to one-way traffic, in a clockwise direction. Porters will be on site to direct vehicles and assist staff, patients and visitors.

Please note, two small sections of the ring road will initially remain two-way for emergency vehicles only – the section between the helipad and the new A&E department, and the section between the site entrance and the old A&E department. The latter will revert to one-way traffic when A&E services transfer to the new hospital on Monday 5 October.

Les Morgan, director for redevelopment, said: “I would like to thank everybody for their patience over the coming weeks as we gear up to move into the new hospital, and then as services are transferred from Monday 5 October. There is a real feeling of excitement now among staff, who can’t wait to get in and get started in this fantastic new healthcare facility for West Cumbria.

“I would encourage anyone who hasn’t yet been inside the new hospital to come along to the open day tomorrow and see it for themselves. We received very positive feedback from the first open day yesterday – thank you to everybody who attended.”

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