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HEALTH chiefs are inviting residents to come and see the latest £23.5m plans for Wrightington Hospital at a series of public consultation events.

Wrightington Wigan Leigh NHS Foundation Trust (WWL) will host four public engagement events in Wightington and Standish next month to showcase the new Phase One project which is set to transform the famous orthopaedic hospital.

Chris Knights, WWL Project Director says “This development which takes the total number of theatres at Wrightington to 10 is the start of a £23.5 million investment and improvement programme at the hospital over the next three years.

“Furthermore, it is also excellent news for our orthopaedic patients as well as two additional modern, state-of-the-art theatres that will further improve patient experience, the additional capacity will allow us to treat 2,500 more patients per year and will significantly reduce inpatient waiting times.”

As part of a wider £70m investment programme across all three of Wigan hospitals sites, Wrightington

At Wigan Infirmary there will be increased car parking, a dedicated elective surgical centre, an oncology suite, more single room accommodation, a second MRI scanner and a pathology essential services laboratory.

At Leigh Infirmary there will be a complete refurbishment of Hanover block to host gastroenterology, urology and decontamination services and new outpatients, diagnostic and treatment facilities.

Last week saw the opening of the new state- of-the-art education centre at Wigan Infirmary followed by the new children’s outpatients department at the Thomas Linacre Centre on Monday.

The new Education Centre on Wigan Lane was opened by Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust chairman, Les Higgins on Thursday night at a special ceremony attended by Lisa Nandy - the MP for Wigan.

The first events will be held on Monday June 3 and Tuesday June 4 at St Joseph’s Church Hall, Crow Orchard Road, Wrightington between 6.30pm - 8.30pm. The second set of events will be held on Monday June 10 and Tuesday June 11 at Standish Library on Cross Street, between 10am and 3pm. WWL say representatives will be on hand to answer questions.