North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust

01228 523444 North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust, Cumberland Infirmary, Newtown Road , Carlisle, Cumbria, CA2 7HY

3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Continued success for the Cumberland Infirmary's Medical Procedures Unit
  • West Cumberland Hospital is growing its own medical talent
  • Cumbria's NHS joining forces to get patients up, dressed and moving

North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust 

The Trust provides acute hospital services across North Cumbria. The main hospitals are the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle and West Cumberland Hospital in Whitehaven. All the main specialties are available on both sites. We also offer outpatient and maternity services at other community locations, including Brampton, Haltwhistle, Alston, Penrith, Kirkby Stephen, Wigton, Keswick, Cockermouth, Maryport, Workington and Millom.

Latest news

Continued success for the Cumberland Infirmary's Medical Procedures Unit

Medical Procedures Unit

The Medical Procedures Unit (MPU) at the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle, continues to go from strength to strength with a recent patient experience survey (May 2017) showing that 100% of patients surveyed on the unit would be highly likely or likely to recommend the service to their friends and family.

In addition, the unit was highlighted as an area of ‘outstanding practice’ by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) following the Trust’s most recent inspection. The CQC said in their report that ‘the growth, expansion, and development of the MPU service was impressive.”

The unit offers patients more comfort and privacy, and avoids the need for admission to a hospital bed. A dedicated and experienced nursing team care for patients who may attend the hospital on a regular basis for treatment such as infusions of biological therapies and blood transfusions, or require a day case treatment. Before the unit opened in September 2015, these treatments would have been undertaken in a variety of different settings across the hospital. Since opening, the unit has carried out 3,750 procedures.

Comments from patients include:

“The staff couldn't be better and they treat me as one of the family.”

“The staff work brilliantly together. I have been treated with respect and dignity, very much so. I am happy with the amount of information I have been given, more than enough.”

“The staff are excellent, very friendly and professional”.

Claire Moynan, deputy ward manager for the MPU, said: “The feedback from patients has been wonderful and we’re really pleased the CQC share our patients’ views. We see many patients again and again who give positive feedback about the care they receive.”


Last updated on 07 June 2017.

West Cumberland Hospital is growing its own medical talent

Physician Associate Students

Fourteen physician associate students are training and living in West Cumbria as North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust seeks innovative solutions to recruitment challenges in partnership with the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan).

The students, the majority of whom have relocated from across the country, are training at UCLan’s established West Cumberland Medical Education Centre at Westlakes Science Park in Whitehaven. They are being taught their basic sciences using the latest technology in video conferencing alongside the wider Preston cohort of students. The students are also spending time just a mile away at the recently redeveloped West Cumberland Hospital where they will also undertake their clinical placements.

The physician associate students already have a degree in healthcare sciences prior to taking on the two-year PGDip course which will equip them with a range of medical skills equivalent to those of a newly qualified doctor.  The role of a physician associate includes interviewing and examining patients, ordering and interpreting tests and making decisions about patient management.

This course is provided in partnership with Health Education England North West (HEENW) along with Lead Employer, St Helens and Knowsley NHS Trust, as part of the North West Physician Associate Pilot programme.

Dr Katie Poulton, consultant acute care physician at North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust, said: “We are delighted to welcome the students to West Cumberland Hospital. Roles such as the physician associate, as well as advanced clinical practitioners, clinical fellows and GPs with specialist interests are the people who can form the workforce for the future rather than the traditional medical model which is subject to national shortages.”

Dr Eric Bater, academic lead for the physician associate programme at UCLan, said: “The Physician Associate training programme is the result of an exciting collaboration between North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust, Cumbria Partnership  NHS Foundation Trust, the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) and NHS Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group. The two-year programme will train our students to a level of expertise similar to that of a junior doctor, and will equip them to play an important part of healthcare teams both in hospital and in general practice.

Although Physician Associates are a regular part of healthcare teams in places such as the USA it is only recently that the role has developed in the UK.  West Cumbria is at the forefront in training this new kind of clinician. We are sure the PA students will enjoy working in this part of the country and will wish to stay and become very valued members of the health teams.”

One of the students, Modupe Ogundele, has relocated from Essex with her three children for a place on the course. She said: “It is a beautiful place to live – the people are nice and my children have settled in very well. I am very happy that I made the right choice to move here.”

Another student, Gareth Bell, is from Whitehaven and is very pleased that opportunities such as the physician associate course have become available in West Cumbria. He said: “I believe that the UCLan PA course is a vital resource for the county I live in, it is allowing more skilled professionals to enter the area to aid with the shortfall that currently exists. The program is also allowing Cumbrians the opportunity to study a medical-related course allowing excellence to remain in Cumbria and local people the chance to give something back to the community they love being part of.”


Last updated on 07 June 2017.

Cumbria's NHS joining forces to get patients up, dressed and moving

End PJ Paralysis parade

NHS Trusts in Cumbria are joining forces to raise awareness and help patients across acute and community hospitals to get up, get dressed and get moving.

The campaign, which is in already popular on social media, is aimed at enabling hospitalised patients to get up, dressed and moving in order to avoid the potential negative impact of being bed-bound while in hospital.

North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust (NCUH) and Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (CPFT) are launching the #endPJparalysis campaign for Cumbria. The campaign is not a target-driven project but is focused on providing high quality patient care and empowering patients.

The effects of bed rest in hospital can reduce muscle strength by 2-5 percent in the first 24 hours and up to 10 percent in the first seven days. If a frail elderly patient is dependent on that 10 percent of muscle strength to be able to function at a level that they can manage at home, the consequence of a week in hospital can be very far reaching – they can lose confidence, their sense of identity and their independence.

Barbara Pinguey, specialist physiotherapist at NCUH, said: “By getting up, dressed and moving, patients can speed up their recovery, get home sooner and maintain their normal routines. Ten days in hospital can lead to the equivalent of ten years of ageing in the muscles in people over the age of 80 which of course, we want to do everything we can to avoid. We would also ask patients and relatives/carers to help us by ensuring they or their loved one have clothing and footwear with them rather than just pyjamas.

“We are spreading the word with our staff too by asking them to make pledges which will be shared on our social media pages.”

Janet Folland, professional lead for Occupational Therapy at CPFT, added: “It’s great to be working together on this campaign and the enthusiasm from staff is fantastic. The pledges staff have made so far are a sign of their dedication and drive to do what’s best for patients. Raising awareness of the benefits of being active when in hospital is so important and everyone can get involved to help.”


Last updated on 07 June 2017.

Latest reviews of this trust

day surgery

Unfortunately my operation was cancelled due to lack of theatre staff, after I had sat and waited for 4 hours to be told, being nil by mo...

3 April 2017

Day surgery

I was in for day surgery. Very anxious. The staff were fantastic. Very understanding and patient with me. Excellent level of care. All pr...

2 December 2016

Gallbladder removal with overnight stay

I was offered an appointment in October for my gallbladder removal in Whitehaven. It was slightly further to travel but when you live in...

10 November 2016

High praise

I cannot praise all staff connected to Carlisle hospital enough. My husband suffered a cardiac arrest at home on the 9th October 2016, th...

30 October 2016

Great care

I've had two operations at Carlisle hospital and both times received great care. My son was born at Carlisle and I have nothing but prais...

11 August 2016

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Last updated on 07 June 2017.

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