The £90m phase 1 development at West Cumberland Hospital was completed in October 2015 with the opening of the new hospital building. 

Phase 1b was then completed in 2019 with the opening of the Breast Screening department and included the redevelopment of Cardiology and Vascular services at the hospital. 

A £40 million investment to deliver phase 2 of the West Cumberland Hospital (WCH) redevelopment has been approved by NHS Improvement.  It will bring a huge upgrade in facilities for both patients and staff creating a better environment, retaining bed capacity and services for the site and improving the capacity to undertake additional planned operations in the future.

North Cumbria Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust has developed an ambitious plan to replace approximately 40% of the original structure at WCH and build upon the £90m phase 1 of the project which was completed in 2015. 

Demolition of the existing hospital buildings has already been undertaken to make way for 60 inpatient beds, encompassing Elderly Care, Step Down facilities and Specialist Pallative Care. The plans also include a Short Stay Paediatric Assessment Unit, Assessment area and 7 inpatient beds.

A monthly newsletter is now available to keep you up to speed on all of the redevelopment work across NCIC inculding the build at WCH. If you would like to be added to the distribution list then please drop us a line at: helpdesk.communications@ncic.nhs.uk or you can view past issues below.

Latest images from the demolition work at WCH

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  • Artist Impression of WCH

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