Health minister gets sneak preview

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt with Andrew Foster the chief executive of WWL and project managers Mike Watson and Chris Knights
Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt with Andrew Foster the chief executive of WWL and project managers Mike Watson and Chris Knights
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HEALTH minister Jeremy Hunt has been given a first look at a multi-million pound Wigan health facility ahead of its grand opening.

During a visit to the new Orthopaedic Unit at Wrightington Hospital on Monday, Mr Hunt spoke of how local health trusts were at the forefront of the government’s new scheme to provide seven day services for residents.

He said: “We have kept our promise to the people in the North West and are creating a seven day NHS backed with increased investment.

“We are making it possible for people to access GP services at evenings and weekends to suit their busy lives, and GP surgeries and hospitals in the North West are already leading the way. So far, 2.4 million people in the North West have benefitted from improved primary care access, including weekend and evening appointments, and over the next three years, there will be further increases in capacity.

“People can’t plan when they get ill, so it’s vital we have an NHS which delivers the same high quality, safe emergency and urgent care on a Saturday and Sunday as they do on a weekday.”

The new unit at Wrightington will open to patients later this month.

The £18m development will include two wards with a total of 56 beds, an admissions unit and a four bay operating theatre and is aimed at strengthening the Trust’s position as a centre of excellence for orthopaedic surgery.