The Royal Albert Edward Infirmary
The Royal Albert Edward Infirmary in Wigan (sometimes referred to as Wigan Infirmary) is a redeveloped modern District General Hospital with 513 beds providing a base for emergency and acute work, which is situated close to Wigan Town Centre.
- Site Map
To view a map of the Royal Albert Edward Infirmary site click here.
- Travelling by train or bus?
Visit the National Rail website for information, timetables and routes to Wigan. The nearest train stations are Wigan Wallgate and Wigan North Western both 1 mile away.
Visit the Transport for Greater Manchester (TFGM) website for up to date travel information and timetables, alternatively, call Traveline - 0871 200 2233. Always check with your bus company to ensure their information is current.
- Travelling by car?
Directions from the North
Follow the M6 South bound heading for Wigan. At junction 27, Standish, leave the M6. Get in the left hand lane of the slip road and take the A5029 which is the first left turn off the roundabout at the top of the slip road.
You are now on a dual carriage way for approximately 600 yards. Keep left. At the end of dual carriage way you reach a junction, turn Left for Wigan (A49). You are still on the A5029 and are heading for Wigan town centre. (At this point you can also follow signs for Haigh Hall Country Park as they will take you the same destination).
Continue on the A5029 going straight through the first set of lights until you reach the second set of traffic lights at Standish Village. At these traffic lights turn right onto the High Street, heading for Wigan on the A49.
Continue along the A49 following signs for Wigan town centre. Eventually you will come to a small roundabout (Boar's Head Pub). Go right at this roundabout and continue along the A49 for approximately two miles going straight through a mini roundabout. If you stay in the left hand lane on the roundabout you will have priority to pass. Eventually you will arrive at the Royal Albert Edward Infirmary which is on your right.
Directions from the South
Follow the M6 North bound heading for Wigan. At junction 25 leave the M6. Get in the left hand lane of the slip road. At the roundabout take the first exit (left), following signs for Town Centre, A49. Continue on this road for approximately 400 metres (past a retail park on the left) until you reach the next set of traffic lights, you will need to get in the right hand lane. At these lights turn right onto the B5238/Poolstock Lane. Continue on this road for approximately 2 miles. After crossing a mini roundabout turn left at the traffic lights following the B5238/Chapel Lane. Continue on this road following Chapel Lane through 4 sets of traffic lights.
At the 5th set of lights you will come to a T junction signposted A49 Preston/Standish. This will also be marked on the road lane (there will be a large hotel on your right hand side and a Snooker Hall directly in front of you). Bear to the right at this junction again, staying in the left hand lane marked A49, following the sign A49/Preston. You will start picking up the signs for the Hospital at this junction. At the next set of traffic lights go straight through (you will see a Tesco on the left) joining Central Park Way and going up the hill, again following the A49. This bends to the right and joins Wigan Lane. Carry on up the hill for approximately a quarter of a mile and the Royal Albert Edward Infirmary is on the left hand side.
- Car Parking
The Trust has implemented new patient and visitor parking arrangements at RAEI.
The main improvements are:
The main car park (car park D) now has twice as many newly marked disabled spaces
Freckleton Street car park, which is 200 metres from the hospital main entrance, is now available for patients and visitors use
New Disabled parking spaces have been created nearby for Diabetic patients
Car parking is available on a Pay and Display basis. It applies to all cars parks and includes disabled areas. The cost is:
Up to 30 minutes drop off Free
Up to two hours £2.70
Between two and four hours £4.50
Over four hours £6.00
Payment is cash only and we ask that visitors bring the correct change as the machines do not accept notes.
There is a concession for long term patients/visitors of £2.50 for each and every 24 hr period providing the visitor acquires a concessionary pass from either the security department or the relevant ward and the pass is clearly displayed in the vehicle windscreen.
Car Parking Concession Criteria
Any oncology patient who attends the Trust for frequent regular treatment will receive free parking for the length of their treatment. This criterion was agreed by Macmillan Cancer Support.
Any patients attending clinics at the Trust for a minimum of one day a week for an extensive period will receive free parking.
Visitors of patients hospitalised for 2 weeks or more will be offered free parking for the duration of the patients stay.
The Government has recently introduced new guidance on the provision of free car parking for certain groups of hospital patients and visitors. This means that the following people are now eligible to receive free parking at our hospitals:
1. Disabled people holding a valid Blue Badge, to be displayed in windscreen of vehicle.
2. Frequent outpatient attendees, defined as those who are required to attend hospital for an appointment at least three times within a month for at least three months.
3. Parents or guardians of sick children staying overnight in the hospital.
Outpatients and parents/guardians outlined in points two and three need to request an exemption pass from the relevant ward manager or the security office and display this in their vehicle for the duration of their stay.
- Contact Details
Royal Albert Edward Infirmary
Main Phone: 01942 244 000
- Care Quality Commission (CQC) Report and Ratings
The Royal Albert Edward Infirmary is our main hospital site providing a full range of hospital services. Our CQC provider report and ratings link is below as well as the report and ratings for our RAEI site.
CQC overall rating
26 February 2020