Cumberland Infirmary

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Cumberland Infirmary
North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust
Cumberland Infirmary, Carlisle - - 74610.jpg
Cumberland Infirmary is located in Cumbria
Cumberland Infirmary
Shown in Cumbria
Location Carlisle, Cumbria, England, United Kingdom
Coordinates 54°53′47″N 2°57′28″W / 54.896515°N 2.957736°W / 54.896515; -2.957736Coordinates: 54°53′47″N 2°57′28″W / 54.896515°N 2.957736°W / 54.896515; -2.957736
Care system Public NHS
Emergency department Yes[1]
Lists Hospitals in England

Cumberland Infirmary is a hospital in Carlisle, Cumbria England.

Under the management of the North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust, together with the West Cumberland Hospital in Hensingham, Whitehaven, they serve 340,000 residents in north Cumbria.


Cumberland Royal Infirmary Plan from 1893

The original Cumberland Infirmary is a Grade II* listed building and was constructed in 1830–32 by Richard Tattersall.[2]

The original Cumberland Infirmary

The present Cumberland Infirmary was the first UK Private Finance Initiative hospital to be bond financed. Health Management (Carlisle) plc, a 50/50 dedicated joint venture company formed by AMEC and Interserve (Facilities Management) Ltd was given a 45-year concession period.[3] Designed and built by AMEC, the £87m hospital took 29 months to construct.

Consolidating the operations of three previous hospitals namely the previous Cumberland Infirmary, Carlisle City General and Carlisle City Maternity, the Cumberland Infirmary provides 444 beds for the local community. The hospital was officially opened by British Prime Minister Tony Blair, on 16 June 2000.

In 2015 a report commissioned by North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust found that the fire proofing materials installed did not meet the required protection standard to allow for safe evacuation and prevent a fire from spreading across the building. It was described by the secretary of Cumbria’s Fire Brigades Union as “one of Carlisle’s biggest fire risks”. The Trust said that this was not the first time they had uncovered major flaws in the PFI scheme.[4]


On 2 June 2010, the hospital's Accident and Emergency department was put on full incident standby in the aftermath of the Cumbria shootings.[5]

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  1. ^ "Treatments". Cumberland Infirmary. NHS. Retrieved 2 June 2010. 
  2. ^ Historic England. "Cumberland Infirmary  (Grade II*) (1218237)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 8 September 2015. 
  3. ^ "Cumberland Infirmary, Carlisle". Visit Cumbria. Retrieved 2010-06-02. 
  4. ^ "Britain's first PFI privately funded NHS hospital is a 'major' fire safety risk, say fire fighters". Independent. 3 June 2015. Retrieved 7 June 2015. 
  5. ^ "Gunman kills several in Cumbria : Timeline". BBC News. 2010-06-02. Retrieved 2010-06-02.