15 June 2010,

Cumbria LIFT - Plans Underway for Cockermouth's New Community Hospital

A planning application for Cockermouth's new community hospital has been submitted.

Allerdale Borough Council's planners will consider the application for a new hospital to replace the town's existing Isel Road building which is over 100-years old.

The new hospital will combine GP and community hospital services on one site. It will be built on land next to Isel Road and is expected to be completed in 2012.

A business case for the hospital will be submitted to the NHS Cumbria Board and NHS Northwest for approval later this year.

Funding for the £11 million hospital is expected to come through the NHS Local Improvement Finance Trust (LIFT) programme - a scheme which has already delivered £2.2 billion of new primary healthcare buildings across England.

Cockermouth community hospital was central to the recovery efforts following the floods of November 2009, which devastated large parts of the town.

The new hospital has been designed to make the most efficient use of space and make it as easy as possible for doctors, nurses and patients to navigate the new building.

Designs for the new hospital will be going on show in the foyer of the existing hospital and at other public venues in the Cockermouth area.

Dr John Howarth, a Cockermouth GP and NHS Cumbria's Clinical Director, said: "This is an important step for healthcare in Cockermouth and the surrounding area. GPs, community nurses and other healthcare staff are already working together to provide improved care for patients both inside and outside the hospital."

For further information please contact Cumbria LIFTCo