Construction has started on the redevelopment of West Cumberland Hospital.
The start of the construction of the £40 million redevelopment project at West Cumberland Hospital in Whitehaven was started with a brick laying ceremony held on Wednesday May 25.
The ceremony, commemorates the first steps in the construction of phase two of the redevelopment.
The event was attended by North Cumbria Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust (NCIC)’S Chair, Peter Scott, Chief Executive of NCIC, Lyn Simpson, and Executive Director of Performance, Planning and Strategy, Dean Oliver alongside other leading figures from the Trust who have been the driving force behind the project.
Also in attendance was Peter Reavey, Regional Director from GRAHAM, the appointed contractor carrying out work at the site.
Phase two of the plans include replacing up to 40 percent of the original hospital and building upon the £90 million investment from phase one of the project which was completed in 2015.
The new build will bring a huge upgrade in facilities for both patients and staff, creating an improved environment while keeping the number of beds and retaining services for the site.
The new build will include a paediatric ward and assessment area, a care of the elderly ward, a specialist palliative care ward and a stroke rehabilitation ward.
Chief executive, Lyn Simpson said at the event: “Today’s event marks another milestone in the delivery of a much improved environment for both patients and staff at the West Cumberland Hospital.
“The designing and planning of phase two has been very collaborative process between our clinical teams. To see the beginning of the work is extremely exciting for everyone involved.”
Lyn went on to say: “This is fantastic news for the local community and for our teams here, we know how much this hospital means to everyone and making sure it is fit for the future is so important to all of us here today”
The Children and Young People’s unit will be one of the areas being housed in the new build.
While Copeland MP Trudy Harrison said: “I am thrilled that the second phase of the redevelopment is under way, and the project represents further substantial Government commitment to healthcare in Copeland and builds upon the £90 million investment from phase one of the project which was completed in 2015.
“This will make a significant difference to the hospitals’ patients and their families, staff and the wider community, and I congratulate the team at the hospital and the trust for achieving this milestone day.”