Child’s play for new centre

The new Children's outpatients department at the Thomas Linacre Centre
The new Children's outpatients department at the Thomas Linacre Centre

A new state-of-the-art Children’s Outpatient Department is set to open at the Thomas Linacre Centre in Wigan.

The new purpose built facility will replace the current outpatients department at The Hawthorns and will open on Monday, May 20 as part of a wider £70m investment programme across all three Trust sites.

The service provides care for infants, children and adolescents from aged 0-16 years old.

Tony Rigby, WWL Estates Officer, Building Design says: “We are really pleased with this initiative which was designed entirely in-house.

“The main waiting area has been designed to bring the outside in with a kite sculpture as the focal point with cloud seating areas, hills and sky and bird murals.

“There is also a games console to keep teenagers occupied, disguised within the sunshine feature.”

WWL say their aim has always been and continues to provide excellent health care for children of the Wigan and Leigh area within both hospital and community settings.

Ann Thompson, Children’s Clinic co-ordinator, says: “We are thrilled with the new department and we are sure that children and their families will be too, particularly as we involved them in the concept and throughout the process.

“The inspiration for the design of the department was created when we realised we had seven individual consultation/examination rooms.

“We were motivated by the seven colours of the rainbow. Each room is decorated in a different rainbow colour and the children follow the coloured tails of the kite which is part of the floor plan, from the waiting area to their treatment room.

“The theme also links in with other children’s facilities WWL provide, such as the children’s in patient ward on the Wigan Infirmary site.”