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Tuesday, 21 October 2014

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Health staff move to new £1.2m Carlisle building

More than 140 health service staff have moved to a new £1.2 million building on Carlisle’s Kingstown Industrial Estate.

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Maglona House at Kingstown, Carlisle

The Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, which runs community and mental health services, has bought Maglona House as a base for its support staff.

Bosses say it will replace several older buildings, which will be sold or redeveloped and money pumped back into the trust’s coffers.

The employees affected largely work in human resources, health records, information management and technology.

They were previously dispersed at sites across Carlisle and Whitehaven, which the trust says were expensive to run. It is hoped to move even more staff in future.

A spokeswoman said: “The trust has invested £1.2m in the purchase of Maglona House, which will help us save money in the longer term. The building enables more than 140 staff to work in a more efficient way as it replaces a number of old and poorly designed buildings that were much more difficult to secure and maintain.”

Bosses stress that the move into a fit-for-purpose environment will enable departments to better support frontline care staff.

They add that the move is part of the trust’s wider strategy to reduce its carbon footprint, moving away from older properties which cost more to maintain and run.

Deputy director of information David Jackland added: “The move is a fantastic opportunity for the trust.

“It means these teams can work together in a modern environment to deliver programmes which will benefit patients and staff. For example, the trust recently secured more than £5m to deliver three major programmes of work to enable electronic patient records, electronic referrals and secure sharing of data from GP services and the trust.”

Outpatient appointment staff employed by the North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust face losing their jobs if they don’t agree to move from Whitehaven to Carlisle.

The staff work at the West Cumberland Hospital but bosses want to introduce a centralised appointment bookings at the Cumberland Infirmary. A consultation document says refusal to make the 80-mile round journey could be deemed as resignation as it is a “reasonable travel distance”.

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