Hospital project’s progress

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WORK is well under way on a multi-million pound project to regenerate Wigan’s hospital buildings.

Earlier this year the exciting scheme kicked off as part of the Service and Site Investment programme, which will see a £70m investment in all of the hospital’s sites over the next six years.

The long-term plan will modernise buildings in Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh and work has already started in some areas.

In March work was completed on the Infirmary’s car parks, which have been a frustration for staff, patients and visitors for years. Now there are twice as many disabled spaces in the main car park and overall the capacity of patient and visitor parking has increased by 80 per cent.

The plans for the coming years are to replace or renovate many of the ageing buildings with state-of-the-art healthcare facilities.

A spokesman for the hospital Trust said: “These developments will transform the experience of our patients, our visitors and our staff.

“The outstanding new facilities and the exceptional environments will enhance the delivery of our patient care. The light and airy designs will be much more pleasant for our patients, visitors and staff.”

In a bid to allow people a greater insight into the work that is being done a video has been put up on the hospital’s website for all to see.

It shows a podcast which provides a site-by-site update on where the work is up to.

Those areas where improvements are already under way are also shown and include the Hanover Block at Leigh and the Education Centre in Wigan.

The video, which can be accesses via the Trusts homepage, also gives a sneak preview of building work and modernisations for the future– including a new cancer care unit and pathology laboratory.

At completion Wigan Infirmary will have 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 . Wrightington Hospital will have new wards, theatres and outpatient facilities.

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.

To view the video visit www.wwl.nhs.uk