West Cumberland Hospital

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West Cumberland Hospital
North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust
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West Cumberland Hospital is located in Cumbria
West Cumberland Hospital
Shown in Cumbria
Location Whitehaven, Cumbria, England, United Kingdom
Coordinates 54°31′47″N 3°33′46″W / 54.5298°N 3.5628°W / 54.5298; -3.5628Coordinates: 54°31′47″N 3°33′46″W / 54.5298°N 3.5628°W / 54.5298; -3.5628
Care system Public NHS
Emergency department Yes[1]
Website http://www.ncumbria.nhs.uk/acute/hospitals/wch.aspx
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West Cumberland Hospital is a hospital in Hensingham, a suburb of Whitehaven in Cumbria, England.

Under the management of the North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust, together with the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle, they serve 34,000 residents in north Cumbria.


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.[2] 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.


On 2 June 2010, a major incident was declared at the hospital in the aftermath of the 2010 Cumbria shootings.[3]


  1. ^ "Treatments". West Cumberland Hospital. NHS. Retrieved 2 June 2010. 
  2. ^ "West Cumberland Hospital". Visit Cumbria. Retrieved 2010-06-02. 
  3. ^ "Gunman kills several in Cumbria : Timeline". BBC News. 2010-06-02. Retrieved 2010-06-02.