Integrated Health Projects (IHP), a joint venture between VINCI Construction UK and Sir Robert McAlpine, has started construction of a major development at Wrightington Hospital.
Les Higgins, Chairman of the Wrightington, Wigan & Leigh NHS Foundation Trust, and Robert Armstrong, Chairman Designate, officially marked the start of construction of the new Wrightington Orthopaedic Centre with a symbolic first shovel of earth.
The £18m investment will comprise a new surgical block, housing four operating theatres, two 28-bed wards and an admissions unit.
Lady Charnley, was guest of honour at the ceremony. The wife of the late pioneering surgeon Sir John Charnley, who’s work at Wrightington revolutionised hip replacement surgery and established the hospital’s reputation as a centre of excellence in orthopaedics, was joined by members of the trust executive, estates and clinical teams and IHP to mark this important milestone.
Chris Knights, Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust Project Director, commented:
“These are exciting times for Wrightington Hospital and fantastic news for the Trust. We have already increased the number of theatres at Wrightington to 10, improved the site infrastructure and completed all the required enabling works. This investment of a further £18 million will allow us to significantly improve services to our patients in coming years.
These improvements have been developed with the full involvement of our patients and our staff throughout each step of the design process and we are confident that all our patients will see real benefits. Furthermore, the design of the new unit will assist in the reduction in length of stay as our therapy teams will now have the opportunity to work with the patients immediately after their surgery within the new ward environment.”
Chris Hamer, Managing Director, VINCI Construction UK – Building Regional, commented:
“The benefits that this development will bring to both patients and staff are immeasurable. When work is complete, both the patient journey and environment will be much improved.
Whether that’s through the ward build which includes the provision of single rooms, new operating theatres or the increased space for admissions, the hospital will be much more able to offer essential medical services.”
The project will be completed in November 2015 and operational from the 1 February 2016.