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Wrightington Hospital NHS Facilities

Building Upon Excellent Foundations

The hospital first gained a National and International reputation as a centre of Excellence through the work of the late Professor Sir John Charnley, who pioneered the techniques of low friction arthroplasty, including innovative advances to counter postoperative infection. We have built upon this distinguished foundation to develop an outstanding reputation.

On April 1st 1992, Wrightington Hospital became Wrightington Hospital NHS Trust. Over the last 8 years this has enabled Wrightington to develop and to provide an excellent service at local, national and international level. However, changing patterns of care and the remorseless development of modern high tech medicine have meant that Wrightington needed a partner to allow it to develop into a modern health care organisation fit for the 21st century.

On the 1st April 2001 Wrightington Hospital NHS Trust will merged with the Wigan and Leigh Health Services NHS Trust to become the Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Trust. The same clinical teams continue to deliver the best care available and the hospital is looking forward to major developments to enable this level of care to be delivered in modern high tech facilities.

The Best Care Available

Close co-operation exists between specialities on-site and we have the invaluable support of highly-skilled Remedial and Rehabilitation Departments. These key factors ensure that our services are particularly caring and effective.

This links with our continued commitment to medical research and training, and comprehensive programme of staff development.

All patients are examined by a consultant when they visit for their first appointment and our consultants are always responsile for leading and managing the teams who look after patients.

We are currently developing a range of initiatives designed to further improve communications with, and support for, patients and their General Practitioners. Great care is taken to ensure that patients are discharged at the correct stage in their recovery, and with the required support to help them to continue their progress. Also, the Social Work Department and the Community Liaison Team are fully involved. In effect, preparation for discharge begins on admission - with a thorough multi-disciplinary assessment. An individual 'care plan' is prepared for each patient, taking into account his or her treatment needs and home circumstances.

Services Scond to None

We specialise in joint replacement surgery of both hand and upper and hip and lower limb and also adult elective orthopaedics. Few Centres have more experience; every year we carry out more than 1,000 hip and knee procedures alone.

Our waiting times for treatment are extremely favourable and are progressively being reduced. The waiting list position is regularly reviewed and quarterly updates are routinely sent to Health Authorities and General Practitioners who use the Hospital's services.

Our Rheumatology Unit has 68 beds for the medical management of rheumatic diseases and there is close co-operation with the Surgical Department. This multi-disciplinary approach is essential in the management of inflammatory arthritis.

In the field of rehabilitation and assessment, we offer a comprehensive range of services based on a recently refurbished unit consisting of 26 beds. The John Charnley Wing offers 16 private rooms with ensuite facilities - and an associated out-patient service.

We also have an efficient and modern Out-patient Department, a Theatre Suite with three Charnley Howarth Theatres, and a specially equipped plaster room. Adjacent to the theatres is a specialised Recovery Unit where patients are monitored following surgery, and prior to returning to the ward.

A full range of diagnostic and support services is available to ensure that patients receive prompt and efficient attention.

These include:

  • Radiology
  • Bone Densitometry
  • Nerve Conduction Studies
  • Pathology
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Physiotherapy
  • Pharmacy
  • Appliance department
  • Dietetics
  • Chiropody
  • Audiology

Food For Thought

Our Hotel support services are regularly complimented. The varied menu, which offers a wide variety of choice, is especially appreciated. Out-patients and visitors are welcome to use our excellent restaurant facilities. Wrightington serves patients from all over the country and 'open' visiting arrangements apply. Overnight accommodation is available at local hotels if required.

To cater for spiritual needs, our staff are happy, when requested, to help patients arrange visits by religious advisors. Our dedicated voluntary organisations operate a tea bar in the main reception building, a ward library service, a visiting programme, and our hospital radio service 'Radio Wrightington'. Additional services on-site include a shop, supplemented by a trolley service to wards, cold drinks vending machines and a hairdressing service.

There is an on-going programme of capital investment and refurbishment and this ensures that all our accommodation is in excellent condition. The majority of buildings at Wrightington Hospital are single story - providing easy access for the disabled.

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