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Health chiefs have revealed that the Treasury has approved funding for the revamp of the West Cumberland Hospital.The £91.6m scheme at the Whitehaven' hospital includes a new accident and emergency unit. It means the government will provide £71.6m and the remaining £20m will come from North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust and the North of England Strategic Health Authority.
Work on the bid began in March 2009 and demolition started in January 2010. The redevelopment will include new wards, increasing the proportion of single rooms, refurbishment of the women and children's unit and demolishing unfit buildings to make way for improved parking.