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, the hospitals serve 340,000 residents in north Cumbria.


Cumberland Royal Infirmary Plan from 1893
The original Cumberland Infirmary

The original Cumberland Infirmary is a Grade II* listed building which was designed by Richard Tattersall and constructed by Messrs Robinson and Bennet, contractors of Preston, between 1830 and 1832.[2][3] A new wing was opened by the Countess of Lonsdale in October 1911 and an extension was opened by Princess Anne in 1975.[3]

The present Cumberland Infirmary was procured under a Private Finance Initiative contract in 1997, the first 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.[4] The hospital, which was built by AMEC, cost £65m to construct.[5]

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.[6]

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.[7]


On 2 June 2010, the hospital's Accident and Emergency department was put on full incident standby in the aftermath of the Cumbria shootings.[8]

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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. ^ a b "Cumberland Infirmary". Carlisle Encyclopedia. Retrieved 2 April 2018. 
  4. ^ "Cumberland Infirmary, Carlisle". Visit Cumbria. Retrieved 2010-06-02. 
  5. ^ "NHS capital expenditure and the private finance initiative—expansion or contraction?" (PDF). British Medical Journal. 3 July 1999. p. 49. Retrieved 1 April 2018. 
  6. ^ "How one PFI hospital covers its costs". BBC. 22 September 2011. Retrieved 2 April 2018. 
  7. ^ "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. 
  8. ^ "Gunman kills several in Cumbria : Timeline". BBC News. 2010-06-02. Retrieved 2010-06-02. 

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