£40m of hope

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HEALTH chiefs have unveiled plans for a major new £40m health facility in the borough.

The 5 Boroughs Partnership, which provides specialist mental health and learning disability services to Wigan borough is proposing a new development on the Greenbank site located just off Atherleigh Way which will provide acute adult in-patient accommodation for up to 48 patients. The trust were meant to expand their current base at Leigh Infirmary but decided on the new site to improve services to the whole of Wigan borough.

The site was formerly the home ground for Leigh East amateur rugby league club and has been unused since the opening of the Leigh Sports Village (LSV).

A spokesman for the 5 Boroughs said: “While our adult in-patient teams are working very hard at Leigh Infirmary and the award-winning care we provide at that location continues to be safe and in line with clinical guidelines, our trust board has recognised an opportunity to create an even better environment for local people.

“This proposed site will allow us to move our adult in-patient services that are currently based at Leigh Infirmary to a new mental health development. It will have separate male and female accommodation with individual en-suite facilities which we are not presently able to offer at our current site. We’re also proposing facilities to promote improved physical health and wellbeing for our patients.

“It will provide acute adult in-patient accommodation for up to 48 patients. Our aim is that within 72 hours of being admitted to our mental health wards patients will have been actively involved in deciding what their care will look like; made decisions about what recovery means to them, and that we will have a care plan in place to support them to meet their recovery goals.

“Some people may attend the building for an assessment but will return to their usual place of residence. There will also be facilities for other mental health-related community service providers including charities and third sector organisations to utilise.”

The trust said they are currently in discussions with Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust (WWL), who own Leigh Infirmary as to what will happen to the existing unit.

The spokesman said: “The building offers the potential for local people to access mental health services in one convenient location at the heart of the Leigh East community. It will complement the trust’s Assessment and Wigan North Recovery teams at Claire House and Children and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) at the Helping Hands Clinic on Manchester Road, Higher Ince.

“In addition to offering employment to mental health staff, there will be new opportunities for people to work at the site and fulfil other supporting roles.

“Kier, our construction partner, has committed to employing 75 per cent of the subcontractors they use on this project to be from within a 30 mile radius of the development site. They have set a target of 25 apprentices to be employed during the construction project.”

Buildijng work is due to begin next summer and is scheduled to open in Spring 2016.