Prime Minister Boris Johnson made a whistle-stop visit to Warrington Hospital yesterday (10 March 2022) to officially open a new £5 million radiology centre.
The Prime Minister also took a tour of the new A&E department at the hospital, seeing the progress that has been made on a recent £6.3 million extension.
Mr Johnson performed the ribbon-cutting ceremony in front of the new MRI Centre and posed for photos with staff praising them for their work and resilience throughout the pandemic.
Commenting on the PM’s visit, local Conservative MP Andy Carter said:
“I asked him [the PM] to support my campaign for a new hospital in Warrington and just a week later he’s here, seeing first-hand the progress that has been made in following investment in our radiology and A&E services, but also why for the long-term we need a new hospital to help cope with growth in population and increasing demand.
“Everyone I speak to is very proud of the brilliant staff at the hospital for the work they put in every day to care for people in Warrington, they led the way with different innovations throughout the pandemic to save lives, but now is the time to update the facilities with modern, state-of-the-art theatres and ward with much greater capacity.
“Getting the Prime Minister to come to Warrington is a very welcome step in the right direction, and I will continue to make the case in Parliament and with officials until we get the decision that we need, a new hospital for the town.”
Warrington & Halton NHS Trust has submitted a bid to the Government for a new hospital in a town centre location and a decision is due to be made in the coming months.
The government have commited to building 40 new hospitals by 2030 with a further eight new schemes invited to bid for future funding, as part of the biggest hospital building programme in a generation.
Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock said:
The New Hospital Programme – as part of our Health Infrastructure Plan – will transform the delivery of NHS healthcare infrastructure to build back better and will ensure our country has world-class healthcare facilities right across the country for decades to come.
Chief Executive of Warrington Hospital, Professor Simon Constable said:
“The town of Warrington has simply outgrown its hospital, its ageing buildings and facilities.
“This is evident in the pressures our Emergency Department experiences every day. In a space designed to cope with 150 patients a day we are regularly treating 300. Patient safety and treatment quality remains paramount, and our team is to be commended for maintaining high standards despite the restrictions of the estate.
“This investment in our estate will support the hospital to maintain services until such time as we are able to secure a new hospital for Warrington, as well as redevelop and enhance our Halton site in a way that is complementary. We have submitted a proposal to secure one of the last remaining eight places in HM Government’s national new hospitals’ programme which will provide grant funding totalling £3.7billion.
“We are incredibly grateful to The Prime Minister for his flying visit today to view some of the outcomes of national funding and our own capital programme.”
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