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£5m Cancer Care Centre on Schedule for September Opening

Newsdate: 31 January 2014

The new Cancer Care Centre at Wigan InfirmaryCancer patients and nurses this week gained a sneak preview of the new state of the art Cancer Care Centre and Pathology Essential Services Laboratory taking shape at Wigan Infirmary.

Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust (WWL) Oncology Ward Manager Leo Anson, Lead Cancer Nurse Janet Irvine and Oncology Lead Nurse Ursula McMahon joined Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Strategy Silas Nicholls to check progress on the £5 million development under construction by Barnes Construction.

“The new Cancer Care Centre and our partnership with The Christie will make a great contribution to maintaining Wigan borough’s reputation for world class NHS cancer treatment,” says WWL Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Strategy, Silas Nicholls.

Construction of the new Cancer Care Centre and Pathology Essential Services Laboratory remains on schedule for completion in July with the NHS facility due to open to provide cancer services in September.

"Work on the project is proceeding at pace and the Cancer Care Centre is on schedule to be handed over to Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust in the summer," says Thomas Barnes & Sons PLC Senior Business Development Manager, Scott Barnes.

WWL cancer nurses Leo Anson, Janet Irvine and Ursula McMahon, Deputy CEO Silas Nicholls and Barnes Construction Senior Business Development Manager Scott Barnes celebrate progress on the new Cancer Care Centre at Wigan InfirmaryA joint partnership between Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust, The Christie NHS Foundation Trust and Macmillan Cancer Support, the new Cancer Care Centre will feature purpose built clinical accommodation, 12 chemotherapy treatment patient areas, counselling facilities, a complementary therapy suite and a Macmillan Information and Support service.

“A world-class NHS centre like this will provide the people of Wigan with fast access to effective, safe and convenient cancer care, including one stop chemotherapy treatment,” added Silas Nicholls.

As part of the national ‘Chemotherapy Closer to Home’ initiative, the new Cancer Care Centre plans to develop a joint service with The Christie to undertake certain chemotherapy treatments currently provided at their hospital in Manchester.

Due to welcome its first patients in the autumn, the two-storey Cancer Care Centre and Pathology Essential Services Laboratory is a key part of WWL’s £50 million investment programme to redevelop and improve its Wrightington Hospital, Leigh and Wigan Infirmaries.

Oncology Ward Manager Leo Anson was among the group taking a peak at the impressive new building. "Our new Cancer Care Centre will bring about a new standard for cancer care. It will improve the experience for cancer patients and help save more lives.”

In the Photos:
Top - The new Cancer Care Centre at Wigan Infirmary
Bottom from Left to Right - WWL cancer nurses Leo Anson, Janet Irvine and Ursula McMahon, Deputy CEO Silas Nicholls and Barnes Construction Senior Business Development Manager Scott Barnes celebrate progress on the new Cancer Care Centre at Wigan Infirmary