The West Cumberland Redevelopment project is progressing well, despite the many challenges of the last few months. The demolition work is currently underway with an expected completion date of December 2020. The Outline business case for the redevelopment is currently with NHS Improvement for approval.
Demolition contractor GBM returned to site at WCH to carry out essential demolition works so that phase two of the new hospital plan can begin to get underway again. This is a positive move forward after building works were halted due to the pandemic. Workers are following strict social distancing guidelines and are currently working with a limited crew to a carry out the essential works.
The work makes way for phase two of the redevelopment which will include 60 inpatient beds, encompassing Elderly Care, Step Down facilities and End of life care. The plans also include a Short Stay Paediatric Assessment Unit, Assessment area and 7 inpatient beds. The redevelopment brings a huge upgrade in facilities for both staff and patients creating a much improved environment, whilst retaining bed capacity and services for the acute site.
Long serving members of staff are feeling nostalgic as the demolition of the existing structure progresses at West Cumberland hospital; remembering bygone days created in the over 50 year old building. However saying goodbye to the old means we’re making way for something new which will benefit the local community and staff for years to come.