WORK has begun on the £18m redevelopment of Wrightington Hospital.
A ground-breaking ceremony was held at the world-famous orthopaedic centre yesterday afternoon ahead of building work commencing next month.
The home of Sir John Charnley’s hip replacement research has now been given the go-ahead to build new theatre units, two new wards with 56 beds, a new admissions centre and a new recovery unit. The hospital has already spent £6m this year on two new state-of-the-art modular theatres and new car-parking facilities.
Present Wrightington Wigan Leigh NHS Foundation Trust chairman Les Higgins and chairman designate Robert Armstrong were the first to ‘break ground’ on the site so that the building work can commence.
Les said: “We are delighted that our plans to create a new state-of-the-art development at Wrightington Hospital are coming to fruition. Not only will it provide modern, high quality facilities for our existing services but also an opportunity to expand the range of clinical care that we provide to Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh residents. Today marks a massive achievement that is testimony to the hard work, perseverance and dedication of many people involved in making this a reality.”
The new plans are part of a wider £70m investment programme across all three of WWL’s three hospital sites.
At Wigan Infirmary there will be increased car parking, a dedicated elective surgical centre, an oncology centre, more single room accommodation, a second MRI scanner and a pathology laboratory.
Last year the new £6.8m Hanover Diagnostic and Treatment Centre opened at Leigh Infirmary. Work begins at Wrightington on June 2.