£46 million new look for West Cumberland Hospital

Plans showing how West Cumberland Hospital will look after another £46 million of investment being put in by the Conservative government were unveiled at the start of November 2017.

Earlier this year, the Department of Health announced that north, west and east Cumbria was in line for up to £100m of further investment, including completion of the WCH refurbishment & rebuild project, and a new cancer centre at Carlisle.

Cumbria's NHS organisations have since been working on detailed business cases, which will determine exactly how much money is released..

Designs and information about the current plans for the West Cumberland Hospital scheme have now been released and can be seen on the Times and Star website here.

It is estimated that this scheme will involve £46 million of further new investment in West Cumberland Hospital, above and beyond the £90 million programme to provide the new and refurbished buildings which opened in 2015.

Local Conservatives have been fighting to maintain and improve services at WCH and this new investment represents a tremendous victory for our campaign and a huge success for local Conservative MP Trudy Harrison.

As the Chief Executive of the local NHS trust said when the new investment put into West Cumberland Hospital by the Conservative government was announced:

"Anyone who thinks the West Cumberland Hospital doesn't have a future, or that we are closing it, can think again."