A new £18m Orthopaedic Centre has opened for business five weeks early, and is set to deliver operational efficiencies and enhanced safety with the incorporation of repeatable room designs and standardised components.

In a four-phase programme, Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust has set out to remodel its service offering. Phase One of the programme is an £18m Orthopaedic Centre designed to enhance the position of the Trust as a regional centre of excellence for elective orthopaedic surgery. The new centre replaces four operating theatres and two wards, based on Nightingale layouts, that the Trust’s director of strategy Richard Mundon says were “not compatible with our aim of providing the best quality patient experience.”

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