HIP REPLACEMENTS and other orthopaedic surgical procedures are in such high demand in Wigan that they are planning to bring in pop-up operating theatres to cope.
Bosses at Wrightington Hospital have applied to Wigan Council’s Planning Department to site two mobile operating theatres for three years.
As work continues on the £70m investment programme across all three of Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust’s (WWL) sites, chiefs at Wrightington say that the theatres will be needed to cope with demand while work is undertaken at the site.
At Wrightington Hospital there will be new wards, theatres and outpatient facilities to increase capacity and improve on current facilities being built over the next eight years.
A WWL spokesman said: “The Trust requires additional theatre capacity at Wrightington Hospital to meet the growing demand we are experiencing from patients requiring orthopaedic operations.
“The longer term solution will be new theatres and wards which will be developed and built over the next three years through our Service and Site Investment programme.
“To ensure we can continue to deliver quality orthopaedic care to the growing number of orthopaedic patients in the shorter term, we are looking to use temporary modular theatres whilst the new theatres are being built.”
Wrightington Hospital celebrated the 50th anniversary of the first successful long-term hip replacement by the pioneering Professor John Charnley this week.
Prof Sir John Charnley is recognised as the founder of modern hip replacement, which is now one of the most common operations in the UK. He was a master surgeon, innovator and bio-engineer.
His work has been credited as an outstanding contribution to the relief of human suffering.