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Hospital revamp 'value for money'

West Cumberland Hospital
The hospital trust said it was an opportunity that should not be missed

A hospital in Cumbria is to have a multi-million pound revamp.

North Cumbria University Hospitals Trust has approved a 100m plan to improve services at West Cumberland Hospital in Whitehaven.

The trust said redeveloping the hospital, which was built 45 years ago, was "value for money".

Many patients have said they want it to stay open as there are fears accident and emergency and maternity provision would be lost if the hospital closed.

Mike Little, chairman of the hospital trust, said: "We realise that the people of West Cumbria and the staff in our trust have waited a long time for this news.

"Our trust board is determined to move this forward as quickly as possible and has carried out a robust appraisal of all the site options for this new development.

"We believe the preferred option represents a significant investment into healthcare facilities for West Cumbria and is an opportunity that should not be missed."

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