Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (WWL) has officially begun construction on a new Community Diagnostic Centre and Operating Theatre scheme at its Leigh Infirmary site.
Appointed contractor, Carefoot started work on the site, set to be completed by Winter 2023, following planning permission being granted in September.
The new development is just one part of WWL’s programme of investment into patient services at Leigh Infirmary, to expand on and provide a modern ‘one stop shop’ diagnostics and healthcare facility.
The work to build the additional theatre, alongside the Community Diagnostic Centre (CDC) scheme, will create a new surgical hub facility to expand the range of procedures which can be undertaken at Leigh Infirmary, meaning fantastic news for WWL patients and the surrounding area.
WWL Chair, Mark Jones, was joined by Leigh MP, James Grundy at the ground breaking ceremony at Leigh, alongside, representatives from Carefoot and architecture partners, Gilling Dod.
Mark commented: “This is such an important milestone in the progress we’re making on the Leigh site. Around £20m has been invested here over the past year and it is certainly great news for our patients across the borough.”
Mr Grundy added: “This year has been incredible for Leigh Infirmary, with the development of the Jean Heyes Reablement Unit and now the CDC and Theatre scheme.
“This is such an important development for local people and, for my own family, as we have, and will continue to, use Leigh Infirmary and its facilities for decades.
“I would like to say to everyone who has played their part in making this a reality, both as an MP and a local resident of Leigh, thank you very much.”
WWL was named as one of 13 recipients of a regional £130.3 million surgical hub scheme across the North West that will help to provide over 137,800 additional procedures and appointments a year for patients in the region waiting for treatment.
The CDC is set to improve provision of diagnostics for patients nearer to their homes in areas which are under-served, in as few visits as possible, and to support joined up care between secondary, community and primary care. This will, in turn, free up capacity at WWL’s Royal Albert Edward Infirmary site at Wigan for urgent diagnostic tests, resulting in shorter waiting times. Patients can expect faster access to diagnostics and quicker outcomes alongside an improved experience.
Alan Thompson, Carefoot Contracts Director said: “We are very happy for the opportunity to be working with Wrightington Wigan and Leigh Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust once again. Having been liaising with the team for a number of weeks in the lead up to the start on site, it has proven so far to be a very positive and collaborative approach, which will no doubt lend itself to a successful project for all concerned.”