New West Cumberland Hospital health unit features conservatory

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A new healthcare facility at West Cumberland Hospital features a conservatory among the areas designed to promote recovery.

The £3.5 million Yewdale Ward includes an open plan lounge and courtyard as well as the glass structure, which could use conservatory blinds to control the light coming in to the space. According to, individual bedrooms and general therapy rooms in the building will be used for mental health work.

Angus Forsyth, nurse consultant for the ward, told the news resource that the development is “great” for the West Cumbria region in terms of healthcare services it can offer.

He said: “The new ward will enable us to provide more therapies and activities, all in an environment which has been designed to promote recovery. Staff and patients alike are excited about the move and the opportunities that it will provide.”

The construction of the building was led by Laing O’Rourke as part of the broader West Cumberland New Hospital Project, although local sub-contractors have also been used over the course of the initiative.

According to, around the time the demolition and re-construction of Yewdale Ward was being mooted, there were concerns about whether the project would be completed – but the arrival of patients in the new facility will finally put those worries to bed.