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Phase One Wins National HSJ Value in Healthcare Award

Newsdate: 3 June 2016Chris Knights

WWL is delighted to announce that our Trust’s Project Team have won a national HSJ Value in Healthcare Award. 

The Health Service Journal (HSJ) is a subscription-only online journal aimed at Health professionals. Their Value in Healthcare Awards aim to recognise NHS organisations that have provided excellent efficiency, whilst improving their performance. 

The team were nominated in the Estates Management category for their incredible work on our new Orthopaedic Centre at Wrightington Hospital (Phase One). They were announced as the winners at an awards ceremony held at Manchester Central, Manchester, on Monday 24 May. It was a fitting reward for the outstanding, tireless work they put in to make this project a reality.

Phase One was a tremendously ambitious undertaking for WWL. The new unit opened to patients in December 2015 and has so far benefitted them hugely. 

Inpatient length of stay has been reduced to 2.9 days. There has also been a reduction in infection control risks due to the design of the building and environmental factors.  From an organisational standpoint, we have also seen a growth in GP referrals to Wrightington Hospital and staff morale has increased at the site as a result of the new facilities.

The unit provides outstanding facilities both for our staff and for our patients. Included in the building are:

  • 28 beds for each new ward that comprise of 3 four bed bays in a unique cruciform configuration and 16 single rooms with on suite facilities
  • A new admissions unit
  • A four bay operating theatre complex with seven space recovery area

The four bay operating theatre (known as the Barn Theatre) is only the third of its kind in England. Bringing the idea to reality was a key challenge for our Project Team. When conducting the decision-making process, representatives from WWL visited similar facilities at Broad Green Hospital in Liverpool and The Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital in Shropshire. WWL consultants were won over and gave the go ahead to this hugely aspirational aspect of the project.

This is one example of the scale and ambition involved in the construction of the Wrightington development. The project was delivered at a cost of £18.1 million representing great value for money.

The building was also opened ahead of schedule on Monday 21 December 2015, having previously been planned to open on Saturday 6 February 2016. 

Even though it has only been open a relatively short time, the site has had some distinguished visitors. Among those who have toured the facility are Jeremy Hunt, the Secretary of State for Health in December 2015, and a delegation from Malaysian Department of Health, who visited the site in November 2015.

Overall the project has been an outstanding success for WWL, with this prestigious award being a fitting tribute. Chris Knights, WWL Project Manager, is thrilled that his team have been recognised in this way.

He said: “We are delighted to have been presented with this award by the HSJ. Working on Phase One was a highly challenging, but rewarding endeavour for the team. It resulted in an outstanding facility that our Trust can be justifiably proud of. I would like to thank all of the team for their incredible hard work and dedication in ensuring that this development could be a success. We can be satisfied that our efforts have enabled WWL to offer a first-class, state-of-the-art facility that will be of tremendous benefit to our patients.”

WWL Chief Executive, Andrew Foster, paid tribute to the team. He said, “At WWL we are incredibly proud of our new, state-of-the-art facility at Wrightington Hospital, Phase One. This was a hugely ambitious project for our Trust and our Projects Team ensured that it was successfully, efficiently completed on time and on budget. I wish to offer the team my own personal congratulations for winning this award, and also thank them on behalf of WWL, for helping to provide a fantastic development, that enables us to improve our services and continue to provide top class care to our patients.”