Hospitals in Cumbria
There are two firsts in the North West of Cumbria – the first NHS hospital, in Whitehaven, and the first PFI hospital, in Carlisle.
The West Cumberland Hospital, in Whitehaven, was the first hospital built in England following the creation of the National Health Service. It was officially opened on October 21, 1964 by Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother. Currently (2012) there are plans to build a replacement hospital on the existing site.
The Cumberland Infirmary, in Carlisle, the flagship of the national PFI programme was officially opened by the Rt. Hon. Tony Blair, Prime Minister, on Friday 16th June 2000.
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