Cumbria

Beds relocated in Keswick Hospital revamp

Beds in the inpatient area of a Cumbrian hospital have been temporarily relocated to allow a £1.25m upgrade to take place.

The move will allow contractors to remove asbestos during the renovation of Keswick Community Hospital.

Seven beds have been distributed between other community hospitals in the area.

The minor injuries unit will continue to operate as normal, and the work is due to be fully complete by September.

Stephen Prince, from Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, said, "Asbestos is present in many buildings and is not a risk unless it is damaged.

"We knew from our asbestos register and building surveys that there was some asbestos to be removed as part of the work.

"We have now decided to relocate the inpatient beds which will allow a more effective programme to bring Keswick back into full operation sooner."

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