Wrightington Hospital to remain open

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WRIGHTINGTON Hospital has been saved from closure – and will retain all its services – as part of a 10-year plan to invest in the borough’s hospitals.

Following a board meeting yesterday, Wrightington Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust (WWL) approved the preferred option for it service and site strategy, which retains all three main hospital sites – the Royal Albert Edward Infirmary (RAEI) in Wigan, Leigh Infirmary and Wrightington Hospital.

There were fears Wrightington Hospital could lose services, and even close down, but health bosses voted against it at the behind-closed-doors meeting.

Originally, options included moving all acute surgical works from Wrightington to Wigan.

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But the decision means Wrightington will see more patients, and facilities will be improved – and there are also plans to improve Wigan Infirmary and Leigh Infirmary.

Following the decision, Silas Nicholls, director of strategy and planning at the Trust, said: “When we started this process a year ago a number of parties thought that the closure of one or more sites would be the final outcome.

“The detailed evaluation we have carried out has clearly identified the retention of all three sites as the most cost-effective and best solution for clinical services.”

The Trust says the decision represents a major 10-year investment that intends to deliver a range of new services and plans.

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At Wigan, plans include a new Phase Five scheme with a dedicated elective surgery facility, more single room accommodation, replacement of Victorian building stock, more car parking, replacement pathology laboratory and second MRI scanner.

In Leigh, the Trust says it plans to introduce new outpatients and diagnostic facilities to enable it to offer highest availability and improved environment maintaining local access for patients.

Wrightington will see the beginning of a phased programme to increase capacity and improve current facilities.

Trust chief executive Andrew Foster said: “The Trust Board is delighted to announce the outcome of the service and site strategic review.

“We believe that the option to invest in all three sites is best for our staff, our patients and visitors.

“The planned investment in our sites will allow us to continue to deliver the high quality, safe and caring patient services that our public deserve.”