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Ophthalmic Surgery to transfer from Wigan to Leigh Infirmary

Newsdate: 2nd December 2009

Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust (WWL) will be transferring ophthalmic surgery from Wigan Infirmary to Leigh Infirmary with effect from 7th December 2009.   This forms part of the Trust’s long term plans to redevelop the Royal Albert Edward Infirmary (RAEI) site, including the need to transfer services out of the Christopher Home and the Hawthorns Paediatric Outpatient’s clinic. It will enable WWL to demolish these buildings to make space for the next major phase of development which will include much more single room ward accommodation, a new pathology unit and re-housing of many other departments which are still in Victorian buildings.

The Trust has informed patients of service moves via a revised appointment letter and making sure they are aware of the service transfer when they confirm their appointment. 

WWL has shared outline plans with staff to move the service functions starting with ophthalmic surgery which will transfer into the operating theatres and wards located at Leigh Infirmary.  Ophthalmology outpatient clinics and paediatric outpatient clinics which currently run from the Christopher Home and the Hawthorns temporary building will also move to alternative locations within the next 18 months.  These outpatient services will continue to be offered both in Wigan and Leigh localities.

There are a number of other smaller functions currently located in Christopher Home, which will relocated into alternative accommodation on the Royal Albert Edward Infirmary site.