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Building your hospital


Alan Monkhouse

I’m looking forward to the construction of all the major services and being positioned in the hub to provide a quality service to all departments with more efficient fixtures and fittings. The provision of adequate parking for all visitors and staff will ensure a less stressful situation for all at the Whitehaven site.

Alan Monkhouse
Porter, West Cumberland Hospital



Meet the team

A project team has been appointed to oversee the redevelopment of West Cumberland Hospital. The Trust has chosen Laing O'Rourke as its construction partner.

The Trust Project Team

West Cumberland Hospital Director - Les Morgan
Project Manager - Steve Kilday
Head of Financial Strategic Planning - Suzanne Halsall
Capital Planning Manager - Paul Wilkinson
New Hospital Project PA - Catherine Lomax

The Laing O'Rourke Team

   Steven KinninmonthSean Cambridge

The Laing O'Rourke Team - from left, Steven Kinnonmonth (Senior Project Manager) and Sean Cambridge (Design Manager).

The Design Team

The Design Team

The Design Team – left to right, Andrew Dennis, MEP Design Manager, Crown House Technologies Laing O'Rourke; Derek Forbes, AECOM; Jane Imbush, Medical Planner, HCP; John Cooper, Architect, John Cooper Architecture; Ray Dursham, Quantity Surveyor, Laing O'Rourke; and Sean Kember, Architect, Gilling Dodd.

User Groups

The design of the new hospital has been developed in partnership with the clinical staff to ensure it meets the needs of healthcare in the future. To do this, user groups were formed, led by the clinical and non-clinical staff within the hospital, who have had a crucial part to play as the redevelopment has progressed.

The user groups worked closely with architects and the West Cumberland Hospital Project Team to develop the design for the new hospital. The groups included:

Academic Development

Chairman – Mr Andrew Robson, AMD Education & Training
Members – Mike Greene, A&E Consultant / Clinical Tutor, NCUHT
Martin Gannon, Director of External Relations, University of Cumbria
Dr Belinda Stanley, Clinical Lead Research & Development, NCUHT
Leon Jonker, Research & Development Manager, NCUHT
David Hounslea, New Hospital Project Director, NCUHT
Peter Fairclough, Project Manager, PFPM
Sheila Marsh, Head of Library Services, NCUHT
Barbara Hoyles, Business Manager, Academic Unit, NCUHT

Elective Care

Mr Patrick Armstrong, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon
Dr Shahedal Bari, Consultant Respiratory Physician
Richard Heaton, Head of Nursing, Surgical Division
Val Wright, Matron - Surgical/Orthopaedics
Sheena Todhunter, Matron - ITU/Ophthalmology/Theatres
Joanne Pickering, Matron - Emergency Medical Admissions Unit, A & E and Medicine
Ed Tallis, Divisional General Manager, Surgical Division
Crea Simpson, Lead Nurse, Outpatients
Christine Musgrave, Productive Ward Co-ordinator
Dr Barbur Javaid, Consultant, General Medicine
Mr Will Sellar, Consultant, Ophthalmology
Sue McKeever, Senior Dental Officer
Dr Neil Watkinson, Consultant Anaesthetist

Emergency Care Services

Mr Charles Brett; A & E Consultant
Lynn Anderson, Acting Deputy Director of Nursing 
Joanne Pickering, Matron - Emergency Medical Admissions Unit, A & E and Medicine
Sheena Todhunter, Lead Nurse, ITU and Ophthalmology
Diana Shead, Head of Allied Health Professionals, Nursing and Clinical Support
Jean Grubb, Professional Head of Radiology
Kathy Barnes, Business Manager Medical Division
Barbara Monk, Divisional General Manager, Medical Division
Lisa Drake, Locality Commissioning Manager, NHS Cumbria
Susan Blakemore, Managing Director, Cumbria Health On Call, Infection Prevention Team

Family Care Services User Group

Dr Deb Lee, Associate Medical Director, Family Services
Claire Moore, Head of Nursing, Family Services
Anne Musgrave, Head of Midwifery
Shiona Taylor, Ward Sister, Paediatrics
Denise Lightfoot, Matron - Maternity
Jan Cottrell, Special Care Baby Unit
Mr John Eldred, Consultant Gynaecologist
Mahfud Ben-Hamida, Consultant Paediatrician
Chris Howard, Business Manager, Family Services
Gillian Smith, Interim Divisional General Manager Family Services, Infection Prevention Team
Louise Mason Lodge, Senior Commissioning Manager, NHS Cumbria

Ongoing Conditions

Dr Olu Orugun, Clinical Director / Consultant Physician, Elderly Care
Dr Nicholas Russell, Consultant Physician, Elderly Care
Crea Simpson, Lead Nurse, Outpatients
Joanne Pickering, Matron - Emergency Medical Admissions Unit, A & E and Medicine
Jean Addison, Sister, Day Surgery
Kathy Barnes, Business Manager, Medical Division
Barbara Monk, Divisional General Manager, Medical Division Infection Prevention Team
Clare Gorman, Business Manager, Ongoing Conditions
Lisa Drake, Locality Commissioning Manager, NHS Cumbria
Tracey Miffin, Physiotherapist Services, NHS Cumbria
Ann Stanton, Vascular Nurse Practitioner
Nick West, Haematologist
Brenda Fearon, Fracture Clinic
Andrea Thomlinson, Matron - Long Term Conditions
Mr Mike Walker, Consultant Surgeon

Support Services

Steve Dougan, Estates & Facilities Quality Manager
Carol Johnston, Facilities Quality & Performance Manager
Mark Thomas, Director of IM&T
Andrew Adams, Estates and Facilities Information Manager
Ian Hoyles, Head of Procurement
Paula Irving, Head of Portering
Kathryn Ball, Head of Pharmacy
Infection Prevention Team
Ian Belton, Consultant Medical Physicist
Francine Duncan, Pathology Services Manager
Gillian Agnew, Medical Records Manager
Sean Hoban, Maintenance Manager


User groups will be formed again in the coming months to work on designs for the retained estate buildings.

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