"This hospital could not treat a common condition"

About: West Cumberland Hospital

I needed urgent surgery for appendicitis. This hospital could not provide the service. I had to wait 4 hours for an ambulance, then a 1 hour trip in an ambulance, arriving in Carlisle too late to be treated that day. I was eventually operated on at least 19 hours later than I should have been, with a gangrenous appendix that had started to perforate. The delay can only have contributed to the severity of my condition when I was finally treated. My star ratings shown above are given on the basis that there is no other hospital locally - hence the answers are meaningless.

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Response from West Cumberland Hospital

Dear Sir/Madam –

A recent audit of the Trust responses on this website has identified that we did not respond to your comment in an appropriate timeframe.

Please accept our apologies for this error.

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Many thanks for taking the time to post your thoughts and again, apologies that we failed to respond at the time.

Best regards,


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