£70m health plan

Agenda for a health scrutiny meeting
Agenda for a health scrutiny meeting

WIGAN’S hospital trust say the £15.4m investment at the Royal Albert Edward Infirmary and Leigh Infirmary is the start of a £70m investment programme.

Since the Wigan Observer exclusively revealed on Tuesday that there will be significant investment at Wrightington Wigan Leigh NHS Foundation Trust’s (WWL) sites, the trust has now revealed the full extent of their site and service investment programme.

WWL chiefs confirmed that £70m will be invested across all of its three sites (including Wrightington Hospital) over the next eight years.

At the RAEI in Wigan there will be increased car parking, an education centre, a dedicated elective surgical centre, an oncology suite, more single room accommodation, a second MRI scanner and a pathology essential services laboratory .

At Wrightington Hospital there will be new wards, theatres and outpatient facilities to increase capacity and improve on current facilities.

At Leigh Infirmary there will be a complete refurbishment of Hanover block to host Gastroenterology, Urology and Decontamination services and new outpatients, diagnostic and treatment facilities.

WWL says investment on the Wigan and Leigh sites is well under way with increased parking already provided on the RAEI site, building work in progress for the Education Centre on Wigan Lane and enabling works nearing completion for the refurbishment of the Hanover Block at Leigh. Silas Nicholls, Director of Strategy and Planning at WWL said: “We are delighted that our patients are starting to feel the benefits of the early developments in our longer-term service and site investment plans.

“We know that the additional parking spaces available on the Wigan site have been very well received by our service users.”

“Part of the development plans includes the relocation of the Paediatrics Outpatient clinic from RAEI to improved facilities in the Thomas Linacre Centre as well as a move for the Ophthalmology Outpatient clinic from RAEI to a community location within Boston House.

“In terms of the major build projects, the Trust has appointed Warrington-based Integrated Health Partners (IHP) who have an impressive track record of successful hospital builds across the North West.

“The Trust is still in the early stages of working with IHP on developing detailed plans and a full business case that will determine the exact dates and running order for the longer-term major builds.

“The final plans will include improvements to the ways our clinical services are organised and use of the latest healthcare technologies and environments to enhance the safety and effectiveness of the care we provide.”