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Phase One Shortlisted for HSJ Value in Healthcare Award

Phase OneNewsdate: 11 April 2016

WWL is delighted to announce that our Trust’s Project Team have been shortlisted for an HSJ Value in Healthcare Award.

The Health Service Journal (HSJ is subscription-only online journal aimed at Health professionals. Their Value in Healthcare Awards aim to recognise NHS organisations that have provided excellent efficiency, whilst improving their performance. 

The team were nominated in the Estates Management category for their incredible work on our new Orthopaedic Centre at Wrightington Hospital (Phase One). They have subsequently been invited to a Jeremey Hunt Visitjudging day at the HSJ’s head office in London, where they will offer a presentation to judges to outline the reasons why WWL should win the award.

The actual awards ceremony will take place on Tuesday 24 May at Manchester Central, Windmill Street, Manchester, M2 3GX.

Phase One was a monumental undertaking for WWL. The new unit opened to patients in December 2015 and has produced some outstanding results.

For instance, inpatient length of stay has been reduced to 2.9 days. There has also been a reduction in infection control risks due to the design of the building and environmental factors.  From an organisational standpoint, we have also seen a growth in GP referrals to Wrightington Hospital and staff morale has increased at the site as a result of the new facilities.

The unit provides outstanding facilities both for our staff and for our patients. Included in the building are:

  • 28 beds for each new ward that comprise of 3 four bed bays in a unique cruciform configuration and 16 single rooms with on suite facilities
  • A new admissions unit
  • A four bay operating theatre complex with seven space recovery area

The four bay operating theatre (known as the Barn Theatre) is only the third of its kind in England. Its planning and construction was one of the key challenges for the Project Team. When conducting the decision-making process, representatives from WWL visited similar facilities at Broad Green Hospital in Liverpool and The Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital in Shropshire. WWL consultants were won over and this aspect of the aspirational project was given the go ahead.

This is just one example of the ambitious nature of the Wrightington development. The project was delivered at a cost of £18.1 million representing great value for money.

The building was also opened ahead of schedule on Monday 21 December 2015, having previously been planned to open on Saturday 6 February 2016. 

The site has also benefitted from some distinguished visitors, eager to cast their eyes on the impressive development. Among those who have toured the facility are Jeremy Hunt, the Secretary of State for Health in December 2015, and a delegation from Malaysian Department of Health, who visited the site in November 2015.

Overall the project has been an outstanding success for WWL. Mike Watson, WWL Business Planning Manager, is thrilled that his team are being recognised.

He said, “Working on the Phase One Project was a challenging, but highly rewarding experience for me and the rest of the team. The result of the project was an outstanding facility that the Trust can be justifiably proud of. I would like to thank everyone involved in the project for the extraordinary work they put in to ensure that the building became a reality. As well as bringing our team the satisfaction of a job well done, it has, most importantly, provided our patients with a valuable, top-class facility in which they can receive first-class care.”