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Further £18 million to be invested at Wrightington Hospital

Newsdate: 30 April 2014

Pictured Left to Right: Chris Knights, Project Director, Les Higgins, Chairman and Andrew Foster, CEO Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust (WWL) is delighted to announce that progress continues on plans to further develop Wrightington Hospital. At this month’s Trust Board, a full business case was approved, which will enable construction to commence on a new £18 million hospital redevelopment on the Wrightington site.  The design of the new facility has been developed in partnership with Integrated Health Projects (IHP), a joint venture between VINCI Construction UK and Sir Robert McAlpine, under the NHS Procure 21+ framework.

During the past 18 months, WWL has invested almost £6 million at Wrightington. This includes the creation of two new state-of-the-art modular theatres and new car-parking facilities. We have also invested in improved utility infrastructure on the site as well as commencing on enabling works such as a new access road which have allowed us to create the right foundations for this longer term development.  

Chris Knights, WWL Project Director says “These are exciting times for Wrightington Hospital and fantastic news for the WWL; the approval of the full business case allows us continue our development on the site.  We have already increased the number of theatres at Wrightington to 10, improved the site infrastructure on and completed all the required enabling works.  This investment of a further £18 million will allow us to significantly improve services to our patients in coming years.
Chris continues:  “The development will deliver significant improvements to our patient environment and will include a large increase in the provision of single rooms in each of the new ward areas.  These improvements have been developed with the full involvement of our patients and our staff throughout each step of the design process and we are confident that all our patients will see real benefits. Furthermore, the design of the new unit will assist in the reduction in length of stay as our therapy teams will now have the opportunity to work with the patients immediately after their surgery within the new ward environment” 

IHP will commence construction of the new development on 2 June and it will be completed in November 2015. The facility will be operational in the spring of 2016 and it will comprise:

  • Two new wards which will have a total of 56 beds
  • New admissions and recovery unit
  • Four-bay theatre complex

This type of theatre complex has proved very successful at other hospitals up and down the country, with reported benefits of increased safety, improved clinical practice and greater efficiency.

Pictured above, Left to Right: Chris Knights, Project Director, Les Higgins, Chairman and Andrew Foster, CEO