Mayor opens new unit

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A NEW £200,000 facility to test blood has opened at Leigh Infirmary as part of the multimillion investment programme across Wigan’s hospital trust.

The new phlebotomy department was opened on Thursday by the Mayor of Wigan borough, Coun Myra Whiteside.

Pat Houghton, Phlebotomy Services Manager says:  “We are absolutely delighted with the new facility and we have had some very positive feedback from patients and staff about the department.”

The Department is located nearer to the main outpatient department which it serves and will have three separate clinical blood testing rooms and a much bigger and improved waiting area. The patient experience is greatly improved with a contemporary design which will aid patient flow with increased clinical facilities.

In her speech officially opening the centre Coun Whiteside said: “I am delighted to be given the honour to officially open this fantastic new department. I am both a Leigh girl and a patient I welcome all the investment that is being made at Leigh Infirmary and I am very proud.”

As part of a wider £70m investment programme across all three sites run by Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust (WWL), Wrightington Hospital will see new wards, operating theatres and a new admissions facility built over the coming three years.

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.

Also 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.

Wrightington has already seen new theatre units delivered last month and all three sites have work ongoing.