This will include between £30 million and £50 million to be made available for West Cumberland Hospital. (WCH)
The work at WCH will include a new diagnostics suite, housing cardiology, breast screening, a vascular lab, and a new mortuary. It is expected that the work will be completed by Spring 2018.
Trudy Harrison MP has welcomed this "fantastic news" which will mean faster diagnostic turnaround for conditions including cancer, shorter waiting times, and better patient care.
The announcement of £65 million for health services in West, North and East Cumbria was made yesterday morning by Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt and NHS England chief executive Simon Stevens at the Kings Fund, and includes significant investment in:
- Cancer care including a new radiotherapy machine,
- £30 to £50 million for the next phase of development at WCH
- The establishment of Integrated Care Communities (ICCs) which will mean more co-ordinated health and care services delivered locally.