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We’re ground-breaking! Work begins on new build at Wrightington Hospital

Newsdate: 28 May 2014

Chairman Designate Robert Armstrong, Lady Charnley and Chairman Les HigginsA celebratory ground-breaking event has taken place on the site of the new £18 million Wrightington Hospital development to mark the start of building work. Chairman Les Higgins, Chairman Designate Robert Armstrong and Lady Charnley, Founder of the John Charnley Research Institute, were first to ‘break ground’ so that building work can commence.

Les said: "We are delighted that our plans to create a new state-of-the-art development at Wrightington Hospital are coming to fruition. Not only will it provide modern, high quality facilities for our existing services but also an opportunity to expand the range of clinical care that we provide to Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh  residents. Today marks a massive achievement that is testimony to the hard work, perseverance and dedication of many people involved in making this a reality."

Robert enthused: “Today will be remembered as a hugely significant day in Wrightington Hospital’s history and it’s fantastic that from today we can all now see our plans becoming a reality. On behalf of everyone at Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust, I would like to thank all those who have helped make this day possible. We can now all look forward to an exciting future!”

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, including 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 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 said: “These are exciting times for Wrightington Hospital and fantastic news for WWL; and I am absolutely delighted that today is a celebration of our continuing development of the Wrightington Hospital site.  We have already increased the number of theatres at Wrightington to 10, improved the site infrastructure 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 continued: “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 will comprise:

  • Two new wards with a total of 56 beds
  • New Admissions and Recovery Unit
  • Four-bay theatre complex

The four-bay 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: Chairman Designate Robert Armstrong, Lady Charnley and Chairman Les Higgins