North Cumbria Integrated Care Trust have issued statements in response to rumours circulating about the West Cumberland Hospital A&E department being closed overnight from June.
Prof John Howarth, Deputy Chief Executive said: “We do have some forthcoming staffing challenges and so clinical leaders in the team are reviewing our current arrangements. We will be working with local community groups to find a long term sustainable solution to these challenges that will enable us to keep A&E open 24/7.
“Next month we will be launching engagement activities that we are currently designing with community groups to understand priorities of the community for the £33m capital investment that has been secured for the next phase of the West Cumberland Hospital redevelopment. This is a significant investment that will enable us to deliver high quality modern health care services for the residents of West Cumbria.”