WORK has begun on the multi-million pound investment programme at Wrightington Hospital.
Bulldozers have levelled the site on which an £23 revamp is planned which includes new state of the art theatre units at the famous orthopaedic hospital.
The work is part of a wider £70m investment programme across all three of Wrightington Wigan Leigh NHS Foundation Trust’s three hospital sites including Wigan Infirmary and Leigh Infirmary.
Chris Knights, WWL Project Director says “This development which takes the total number of theatres at Wrightington to 10 is the start of an investment and improvement programme at the hospital over the next three years.
“It is also excellent news for our orthopaedic patients as well as two additional modern, state-of-the-art theatres that will further improve patient experience.”
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 essential services laboratory.
Last year the new £6.8m Hanover Diagnostic and Treatment Centre opened at Leigh Infirmary.
The building works starts in the week it was announced that the hospital will become the home of a state of the art £1.2m IVF fertility clinic which will serve the whole region.
The new centre – which is currently in the advanced stages of planning – will be a flagship scheme for WWL that will eventually see the current service at Leigh Infirmary relocated to the new unit.
Philip Harris, a consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist at WWL, said: “The relocation of the already extremely successful Assisted Conception Unit into a high quality, purpose built facility on the Wrightington Hospital site represents an exciting opportunity.
“It will improve access for the people of West Lancashire and further afield.”