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Jeremy Hunt Visits Wrightington Hospital

Newsdate: 8 December 2015Jeremy Hunt Visits Phase One

The Secretary of State for Health, Jeremy Hunt, paid a visit to Wrightington Hospital on Monday 7 December.

Mr Hunt was visiting the site to have a tour of our new state-of-the-art Orthopaedic Unit. The £18 million facility opens to patients on Monday 21 December.

A fantastic development for the Trust, the new facility will feature two new wards, with a total of 56 beds, a new admissions and recovery unit and a 4-bay theatre complex.

He also heard about our Trust’s tremendous, award-winning research function, based at Wrightington Hospital.

In addition, Mr Hunt was also visiting to promote the value of a seven day NHS service. He chose WWL as we are one of the “early adopter sites” for seven day services, aiming to improve quality, and access, to hospital services in a sustainable way.

We have seen an improvement in quality of care and performance recently at our hospital sites, including:

  • Extending consultant cover in A&E and in the Medical Assessment Unit on Saturday and   Sunday evenings
  • Increasing the number of clinical staff including phlebotomists, physiotherapists and occupational therapists providing care at weekends
  • Offering additional radiology and ultra sound services on Saturday and Sunday mornings, to increase diagnostic availability

Mr Hunt was thrilled with these developments, saying, “We are making it possible for people to access more services at evenings and weekends. GP surgeries and hospitals in the North West are already leading the way.”

He continued, “People can’t plan when they get ill, so it’s vital we have an NHS which delivers the same high quality, safe emergency and urgent care on a Saturday and Sunday as they do on a weekday.”