Thomas Linacre Outpatient Centre
In May 2002 the Thomas Linacre Centre opened its doors to Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust's outpatients.
Thomas Linacre was Rector of the Wigan Parish for five years from 1519 up to his death in 1524. He was the founder and first President of the Royal College of Physicians and was also royal physician to Henry VIII.
This has been a forward thinking and innovative development as the Old Grammar School is a Grade II listed building and much work has been done to preserve the aesthetics of the period. £7 million has been invested to transform the building. The outside has retained its famous clock tower and the new windows and doors have been made in the traditional style. The brickwork has also been renovated. In contrast the inside is state of the art with diagnostic suites and tasteful décor.
The Outpatients centre provides outpatient care to residents of the Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS catchment area, with 96 Consultant led clinics per week and treating over 100,000 patients per annum.
- Travelling by Bus or Rail?
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
Leave the M6 at junction 27 (sign posted Wigan, Parbold, A5209), then at roundabout take the 1st exit onto the A5209
At T-junction turn right onto the A5209
At traffic signals turn right onto A49
At roundabout take the 2nd exit onto the A49
Follow A49 (Wigan Road), pass the Royal Albert Edward Infirmary and continue on through Wigan Centre
Turn right onto the B5375 (Parsonage Way) and the Thomas Linacre Centre is 300 metres on your right.
Directions from the South
Leave the M6 at junction 25, exit onto A49 (Turn left at roundabout following A49)
After passing the retail park turn right at the traffic lights onto B5238/Poolstock Ln. Continue to follow B5238. Cross mini roundabout
Turn left at traffic lights following B5238/Chapel Ln. Continue to follow Chapel Ln.
Continue to follow A49 / River Way
Turn left at traffic lights (Mercure Oak Hotel on right) onto Powell Street / Northway
Continue through into Wigan on the B5376 (Northway) and then turn right onto the B5375 (Parsonage Way) and the Thomas Linacre Centre is 300 metres on your right.
- Car Parking
Car parking is available on a Pay and Display basis. The cost is:
Up to 30 minutes drop off Free
Up to 1 hour £1.50
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.
Concessionary parking is available, restrictions apply.
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
Thomas Linacre Centre
Main Switchboard: 01942 244 000
- Our Services
The centre provides the following range of clinics:
General Surgery Clinics including:
Ear, Nose and Throat
Medical Clinics including:
Medicine for the Elderly
ECG ambulatory monitoring
BP ambulatory monitoring
Within the centre there are five clinic suites supported by the following on site services, X-ray, Cardiology, Phlebotomy, Audiology and Clinic Preparation. In addition there are limited Pathology services provided on the site supporting the Haematology clinic. The X-Ray and Phlebotomy Departments also hold appointment led sessions for patients referred by their GPs for X-Rays and blood taking.
Blood Taking - The Blood Taking Dept is open from 7.30am -4.30pm Monday to Friday. GP blood tests are strictly by appointment only other than if the request is urgent. Appointments can be made on-line please visit WWW.wwl.nhs.uk/phlebotomy or contact 0300 555 4567 option 3. All hospital blood tests are done on Suite 1 and do not need an appointment.
Please also note we do not take blood from children under the age of 12. Appointments for children under the age of 12 can be made by ringing 01942 483483.
The X-Ray department is open from 8.30am – 5.00pm Monday to Friday.
Non-clinical support staff are based at the centre to provide portering, domestic, general office and patient services.
A volunteers desk which runs a “Buddy Scheme" is positioned at the main entrance to assist patients and their relatives.
A café is situated near the front entrance providing drinks and light snacks, in addition cold drinks can be obtained from vending machines on every suite.
There is an area allocated for breast feeding, please enquire with the staff if it is required.
- Care Quality Commission (CQC) Report and Ratings
Our CQC provider report and ratings link is below as well as the report and ratings for our site.
CQC overall rating
22 June 2016