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Hospital trust celebrates one year since opening of new West Cumberland Hospital

Posted on Wednesday 5th October 2016
Hospital trust celebrates one year since opening of new West Cumberland Hospital

On 5 October last year, the brand new £90m West Cumberland Hospital building opened, paving the way for innovations in healthcare in West Cumbria.

The redevelopment included:

A 24/7 integrated emergency floor including the A&E department, an ambulatory care unit, an emergency assessment unit and the out-of-hours Cumbria Health On Call (CHoC). The new floor has resulted in a reduction in staff escorting patients to different departments which has saved valuable patient care time

£5m spend on new equipment including a £1m MRI scanner, CT scanner, two new digital x-ray machines and two ultrasound machines

Single en-suite patient rooms, providing patients with more privacy and resulting in reduced infection rates

The new hospital also houses a state-of-the-art surgical floor with seven operating theatres which is allowing North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust to increase the range and number of operations carried out at West Cumberland Hospital. Breast surgery started in 2016 along with orthodontics and adult and childrens’ squint surgery. In addition, ear nose & throat surgery (ENT) will return later this year. Lower-complexity emergency surgery and trauma surgery has also recently made the move back to West Cumberland in order to provide the local community with access to as many services as it is safe to provide. Compared to three years ago, the Trust is now providing 29% more elective (planned) operations and 5% more day-case operations.

In addition, the Trust’s partnership with the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) is going from strength to strength following the creation of the West Cumberland Medical Education Centre (WCMEC) at West Lakes Science Park. WCMEC aims to combine academic facilities at the campus with clinical facilities at West Cumberland Hospital which are located just a mile apart. The hospital welcomed the first students from UCLan in June 2016 with a number of courses and training opportunities set to begin over the coming year.

Stephen Eames, chief executive of North Cumbria University Hospital Trust, said: “The opening of the new £90m West Cumberland Hospital a year ago today was a huge landmark for both the Trust and West Cumbria. The new building provides state-of-the-art modern facilities with excellent benefits such as single patient rooms.

“The Trust is now focussing on the next phase of the redevelopment which will involve the refurbishment of areas of the vacated building to provide services such as Breast Screening, Cardiology Outpatients, a Vascular Laboratory, and the Mortuary.

“We are absolutely committed to ensuring that the hospital has a bright future and we look forward to the final completion of the redevelopment.”