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Hanover Diagnostic and Treatment Centre Opens at Leigh Infirmary

Newsdate: 29 July 2013

Hanover Diagnostic and Treatment Centre

The new Hanover Diagnostic and Treatment Centre The new Hanover Diagnostic and Treatment Centre The new Hanover Diagnostic and Treatment Centre

The new Hanover Diagnostic and Treatment Centre, the largest recent single development on the Leigh Infirmary site, is now open as part of major investment designed to improve NHS health services for the benefit of patients and hospital staff in Wigan and Leigh.

The biggest clinical services building developed by Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust (WWL) since Phase IV opened at the Royal Albert Edward Infirmary in 2004. The 2,700m2 Hanover Diagnostic & Treatment Centre is now home to the Leigh Endoscopy Department, Richmond Urology Unit, Women’s Healthcare Unit and an Endoscope Re-processing Unit.

“NHS hospital staff in Wigan and Leigh achieve some of the best outcomes in the region for our patients, and will now continue to do so from this fantastic modern facility,” says WWL Head of Capital and Property Services, Ian Bradley. “The ‘new Hanover’ reinforces the Trust’s reputation as a progressive NHS organisation committed to investing in our facilities for patients, staff and the communities we work in."
Before WWL’s £6.8 million investment, the Hanover was a 1970s building in need of renovation and improvement.  In just nine months, the building was transformed into an iconic landmark, a contemporary design delivering high quality services for Leigh Infirmary patients and staff, and a sustainable building on target to achieve the Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM) Healthcare rating of “Very Good”.

The purpose built Leigh Endoscopy Unit is designed to provide a patient-centred experience which maintains the highest standards for comfort, safety and quality while safeguarding our patients privacy and dignity.

Located on the 2nd Floor, the new unit significantly expands endoscope services up to 200 therapeutic and diagnostic sessions every week and significantly reduces waiting times for gastroscopy, colonoscopy and flexible sigmoidoscopy.

Supported by a team of consultant physicians, consultant surgeons and two nurse endoscopists, the Leigh Endoscopy Unit allows WWL nursing staff to make earlier diagnoses and prevent delays to treatment.

“Everything about the Hanover Diagnostic and Treatment Centre has been shaped from consultations with staff and patients, so I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has helped make the ‘new Hanover’ a reality,” says WWL Divisional Medical Director for Surgery, Dr. Jawad Husain.

On the first floor, The Richmond Urology Unit is a one stop clinic to diagnose and treat patients with diseases of the urinary tract and the male reproductive system, including bladder problems, vasectomy, prostate problems and cancer of the prostate, alongside a dedicated Urology Outpatient Suite.

The new Women’s Healthcare Unit sees a radical transformation of gynaecology services. General gynaecology outpatient and specialist clinics are provided side-by-side, with gynaecology ultrasound facilities also available allowing immediate access to specialist scans. The overriding philosophy is a ‘one stop’ ethos where if at all possible all diagnostic tests for patients are carried out during a single visit.

“WWL’s major investment in the Hanover Diagnostic and Treatment Centre means Leigh Infirmary now boasts a world-class NHS healthcare facility to complement the highly trained, multi-disciplinary team of expert consultants, nurses and allied health professionals,” continues Dr Husain. “The new Hanover Diagnostic and Treatment Centre is a fantastic facility that will enable all staff to continue to deliver a first-class health service to the people of Leigh and Wigan.”

On the ground floor, the Endoscope Re-processing Unit cleans and re-processes all flexible scopes used by patients visiting the Hanover. The new unit is supplied with the very latest cleaning, decontamination and sterilising equipment which is fully compliant with current NHS regulations.

Welcoming the Hanover Diagnostic and Treatment Centre, Leigh Councillor Keith Cunliffe said: “This is great news for our local community in Leigh. The construction of this magnificent building marks the beginning of a new era for Leigh Infirmary and will ensure that patients have better access to improved health facilities and services for many years to come. I also want to pay tribute to the NHS nurses, doctors, healthcare workers, administration staff and volunteers who work tirelessly to provide the best care possible for the people of this area.”