30 April 2012,

Financial close for Cockermouth and Cleator Moor NHS LIFT Projects

Financial Close was achieved on 30th April for a new £12.5 million community hospital/health centre in Cockermouth and a new £6.5 million health centre in Cleator Moor.

The developments are funded and will be delivered through the NHS Express LIFT (Local Improvement Finance Trust) programme and are the first Express LIFT Lease Plus Agreements to be entered into.

The new hospital in Cockermouth will be built on land next to the current Cottage Hospital on Isel Road. It will replace the existing hospital which is more than 100 years-old and will provide new facilities for the town's GPs who are currently working out of temporary accommodation on the hospital site, following the floods which devastated Cockermouth in November 2009.

The new Health Centre on Birks Road in Cleator Moor will incorporate a range of health services in a new state of the art facility designed to ensure future healthcare needs are met.

Work on site for the new Cockermouth Hospital will start in earnest in early May with completion expected in autumn 2013.

Work on the new health centre in Cleator Moor will start at the end of May and will be completed by late spring 2013.

Gary Naylor, General Manager of eLIFT Cumbria Limited, said: "We are delighted to have reached this significant milestone on these two schemes and we look forward to continuing to work with NHS Cumbria through the construction stage to enable patients to be seen from these new facilities next year."

Lead GP for Copeland, Dr David Rogers said: "The combined investment marks a big step-forward for health care in West Cumbria and will help enable us to plan and provide the best services for our patients."

Dr John Howarth, Director of Integration at Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and a Cockermouth GP said: "I am sure these new facilities will make a huge contribution to the health of the population across West Cumbria and will enable people to access services locally for decades to come."

Dr Mike Bewick, NHS Cumbria's Medical Director said: "It has been a long journey to get to this point but now that building work is actually starting on site we will soon see the reality of this largest single-investment in West Cumbria's healthcare."

For further information please contact eLIFT Cumbria Limited