THE largest ever new development at Leigh Infirmary has been officially opened and now houses the borough’s first ever specialist urology department.
The £6.8m Hanover Diagnostic and Treatment Centre is also home to the he Leigh Endoscopy Department, Women’s Healthcare Unit and an Endoscope Re-processing Unit and is the biggest clinical services building developed by Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust (WWL) since Phase IV opened at the Royal Albert Edward Infirmary in 2004.
The new urology unit has been named in honour of Bill Richmond, the consultant credited with putting urology services in Wigan and Leigh on the map.
The new unit is a one-stop-shop clinic to diagnose and treat patients with diseases of the urinary tract and the male reproductive system, including bladder problems, prostate problems and cancer of the prostate.
The purpose built Leigh Endoscopy Unit is designed to provide a patient-centred experience which maintains the highest standards for comfort, safety and quality while safeguarding our patients privacy and dignity.
The new Women’s Healthcare Unit sees a radical transformation of gynaecology services. General gynaecology outpatient and specialist clinics are provided side-by-side, with gynaecology ultrasound facilities also available allowing immediate access to specialist scans.
Dr. Jawad Husain, WWL’s divisional medical director for surgery, said: Everything about the Hanover Diagnostic and Treatment Centre has been shaped from consultations with staff and patients, so I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has helped make the ‘new Hanover’ a reality.
“This fantastic facility will enable all staff to continue to deliver a first-class health service to the people of Leigh and Wigan.”