West Cumberland Hospital
|West Cumberland Hospital|
|North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust|
|Location||Whitehaven, Cumbria, England, United Kingdom|
|Care system||Public NHS|
|Lists||Hospitals in England|
In 1924, the Earl of Lonsdale sold Whitehaven Castle to Mr H. Walker, who then donated the building to the people of Cumbria, along with monies to convert it into a hospital to replace the Victorian Whitehaven Hospital.
By 1951, the hospital needed replacing, and representation were made to the UK Government. In 1957, approval was given to break ground on a new hospital, the first built in England following the creation of the National Health Service. It was officially opened on October 21, 1964 by Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother. Whitehaven Castle became a geriatric unit until 1986, when due to fire regulations, it had to close. It has now been converted to housing.