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Andy Burnham MP Opens Hanover Diagnostic and Treatment Centre at Leigh Infirmary

Newsdate: 24 January 2014

WWL Chairman Les Higgins (left) and Andy Burnham MP (right) officially open the Hanover Diagnostic and Treatment CentreThe Rt. Hon. Andy Burnham MP has officially opened the new Hanover Diagnostic and Treatment Centre, the largest recent single development on the Leigh Infirmary site and a major improvement to NHS services for patients and staff in Wigan and Leigh.

The largest clinical services building developed by Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh (WWL) NHS Foundation Trust since Phase IV opened at Wigan’s Royal Albert Edward Infirmary in 2004, the 2,700m2 Hanover Diagnostic & Treatment Centre is home to the Leigh Endoscopy Department, Richmond Urology Unit and Women’s Healthcare Unit, in addition to a new 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 continue to do so from this modern facility designed with the needs of patients in mind,” says WWL Chief Executive Andrew Foster.

“The ‘new Hanover’ reinforces WWL’s reputation as a progressive NHS organisation committed to investment in facilities for the benefit of patients, staff and the communities we work in."
 
Invited guests attending the Hanover official opening event included senior executives and board members representing 5 Boroughs Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, NHS Wigan Borough Clinical Commissioning Group, Bridgewater Community Healthcare NHS Trust and Wigan Healthwatch, as well as Leigh councillors Myra Whiteside and Susan Greensmith.

In just nine months, the old Hanover building was transformed into an iconic landmark, a contemporary design delivering high quality services for Leigh Infirmary patients and staff. A sustainable building on target to achieve the Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM) Healthcare rating of “Very Good”, the Hanover won the UK Building Better Healthcare Award in November 2013.

“The Hanover is constructed to the very highest standards,” says WWL Associate Director of Estates and Facilities, David Evans. “As well as being aesthetically pleasing, it has received widespread praise from staff, patients, visitors and UK experts in healthcare buildings.” 
 
Andy Burnham MP with nursing staff from the Women’s Healthcare Unit at the Hanover Diagnostic and Treatment CentreThe team responsible for the award winning Hanover Diagnostic and Treatment Centre are WWL Estates and Facilities, Merseyside-based constructor Whitfield & Brown and architects from IBI Taylor Young’s design studio in Handforth, Cheshire. 
 
“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,” says WWL Consultant Urological Surgeon, Dr. Jawad Husain.

“The new Hanover is an excellent example of how modern healthcare buildings can successfully blend an innovative approach to construction while supporting staff in providing a first-class NHS service to the people of Leigh and Wigan.”

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 each patient’s privacy and dignity.

Located on the 2nd Floor, the Leigh Endoscopy Unit significantly expands WWL’s endoscope services, enabling the team of consultants and nurse endoscopists to make faster diagnoses and reduce waiting times for gastroscopy, colonoscopy and flexible sigmoidoscopy.

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.

“Everything about the Hanover Diagnostic and Treatment Centre has been shaped following 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,” added Dr. Husain.

Andy Burnham MP greeted by WWL Chairman Les Higgins, WWL CEO Andrew Foster and WWL staff outside the refurbished Hanover Diagnostic and Treatment CentreThe 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 providing immediate access to specialist scans. The philosophy is a ‘one stop’ service where all diagnostic tests are carried out during a single visit, whenever possible.

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.

“The opening 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,” said Leigh Councillor Keith Cunliffe.

“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.”

In the Photos above:
Top - WWL Chairman Les Higgins and Andy Burnham MP officially open the Hanover Diagnostic and Treatment Centre
Middle - Andy Burnham MP with nursing staff from the Women’s Healthcare Unit at the Hanover Diagnostic and Treatment Centre
Bottom - Andy Burnham MP greeted by WWL Chairman Les Higgins, WWL CEO Andrew Foster and WWL staff outside the refurbished Hanover Diagnostic and Treatment Centre

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