£18m investment will improve services

One of the new modular theatre units at Wrightington Hospital
One of the new modular theatre units at Wrightington Hospital

THE first part of a massive £18million investment programme at Wrightington Hospital is already under way.

New theatre units were delivered last week to the world famous orthopaedic hospital, in what health chiefs have described as the first steps in a makeover for the campus.

A further unit is expected to be delivered to the site later this month, which bosses say will help to “significantly reduce waiting times for inpatients”.

As part of a wider £70m investment programme across all three sites run by Wrightington Wigan Leigh NHS Foundation Trust (WWL), Wrightington Hospital will see new wards, operating theatres and a new admissions facility built over the coming three years.

Chris Knights, WWL project director, said: “This is excellent news for our orthopaedic patients as well as two additional modern, state-of-the-art theatres that will further improve patient experience, the additional capacity will allow us to treat 2,500 more patients per year and will significantly reduce inpatient waiting times.

“This also takes the total number of theatres at Wrightington to 10 and is the start of a major investment and improvement programme at the hospital during the next three years. The works have been timed so as to minimise disruption to the site’s normal operational activities, however, WWL would appreciate your cooperation and apologise for any inconvenience caused during these essential works.”

As part of WWL’s plans, Wigan Infirmary will get increased car parking, an education centre, a dedicated elective surgical centre, an oncology suite, more single room accommodation, a second MRI scanner and a pathology essential services laboratory.

At Leigh Infirmary there will be a complete refurbishment of Hanover block to host gastroenterology, urology and decontamination services and new outpatients, diagnostic and treatment facilities.

A WWL spokesman added: “The new developments at Wrightington Hospital will include 56 beds (two 28-bed wards). Each ward will have 16 single rooms and three four-bedded bays, a new operating theatre and a new admissions/discharge area. It provide the opportunity to significantly improve the operational flow of the hospital as clinical services will be located closer together.”