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Saturday, 19 April 2014

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New Cockermouth hospital will open on January 27

Cockermouth's £11 million community hospital will open on January 27.

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OPENING ON JANUARY 27: Cockermouth’s new £11m community hospital

Castlegate and Derwent surgeries and Castlegate Pharmacy are expected to open in the new Isel Road building on that date.

The hospital will offer a range of services, including an 11-bed inpatient ward and community health clinics such as physiotherapy and podiatry.

There will also be consultant clinics and NHS dentistry services.

The new hospital, which is next to the existing one, will be the base for children’s community nurses, midwives, health visitors and district nurses.

Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust will run community health clinics in the new building and the inpatient ward and expects to do this from February.

Dr Simon Desert, a Cockermouth GP who led the project, said: “The GPs and staff of Derwent Surgery, Castlegate Surgery and Castlegate Pharmacy are looking forward to developing a more integrated health service for our patients.

“The new facility is designed to facilitate joint working with our colleagues, especially from the community and acute hospital trusts, which is true to our values – one NHS for patients.

“The far-sighted actions of our league of friends have created a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to improve health services for our community.”

Mark Day, executive director of Community Health Partnership North, said: “This wonderful new community hospital will provide the people of Cockermouth and the surrounding area with not only modern, purpose-built healthcare facilities, but also the services to meet their needs now and in the future.

“Community Health Partnership has worked with a range of public and private sector partners to deliver a first-class hospital that enables GPs, and other healthcare providers, to better meet the needs of the community, as patients and visitors coming to Cockermouth hospital will see for themselves in the months and years to come.”

North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust will also run paediatric and midwifery clinics from the building. The start dates are currently being confirmed.

The old hospital, which was built more than 100 years ago, will be knocked down and replaced with a wildflower meadow.

l Questions over hospital’s pharmacy plans – Page 8

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