Alston (Ruth Lancaster James) Community Hospital

Update April 2017: inpatient beds have temporarily closed due to recruitment challenges. The nurse led treatment centre is operating on reduced hours (currently 8am- 11pm) but the day hospital, GP surgery and any outpatient appointments are unaffected

Alston's Ruth Lancaster James Hospital is a 6 bed patient facility providing medical, nursing and rehabilitation and end of life care. The community hospital enables local people to be cared for close to their own home.

The Alston hospital is integrated, with staff working across hospital and community.

A seven place day unit operates from the hospital Monday-to-Friday. This is the outcome of a commitment to partnership working made by NHS Cumbria, Adult Social Care and Age Concern Carlisle and Eden who have linked together to provide an integrated service for adults from Alston, the highest market town in England and Alston Moor, the most remote area of Cumbria.

This seamless service aims to deliver care closer to home by making best use of resources and by offering a Day Care facility that provides high quality, effective health and social care

What our patients have said about the hospital:

I've enjoyed my stay at Alston hospital very much, the staff are very friendly and helpful.

Alston Nurse Led Treatment Service

Previously Minor Injuries Unit.

Open 24 hours (ring for appointment) 

You should access the service if you are aged over 5 years old and need: 

  • assessment and treatment of bruises or recent injuries that cannot be attended by simple first aid, insect bites and stings or minor sunburn

  • assessment and dressings of wounds and superficial injuries

  • closure of lacerations by stripping/gluing

Location Images

Ruth Lancaster James Cottage Hospital, Alston

Location Map

Nurse Led Treatment Service 24 hours
Assessment and treatment of recent injuries that cannot be attended by simple first aid, insect bites and stings or minor sunburn

Assessment and dressings of wounds and superficial injuries

Closure of lacerations by stripping/gluing Details on Nurse Led Treatment Service

Our rating from the Care Quality Commission

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Services

These services are available at this location:

Useful Information

Visiting Times

2-4:30pm – 6-8pm

Address and Telephone

Ruth Lancaster James Cottage Hospital, Alston, Cumbria CA9 UK

Telephone: 01434 381218

Patient Information