A new care centre for mental health patients is in the pipeline for west Cumbria, according to the Times & Star.
It is hoped the new centre, which will provide 16 beds, will be used by patients currently occupying two wards at the West Cumberland Hospital.
The decision is part of an initiative in the area to move away from hospital-based services to community care, with many more people expected to receive treatment at home rather than being kept in hospitals.
Staff have been briefed on the changes for mental health services that are set to be brought in over the coming years and a number of workshops are in the offing.
The location of the new centre has yet to be determined, with the opinions of patients, carers and staff all set to be taken in to account before a decision is made.