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An eye to the future at Chorley facility

Tilbury Douglas has completed the construction of a £19 m Day Surgery and Outpatient facility at Chorley & South Ribble Hospital in Chorley on behalf of Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

The new day case theatres and Ophthalmology services at the hospital increase theatre capacity on the site, and will also, the company says, allow patients to access state-of-the-art facilities. The new unit includes a dedicated outpatient and diagnostic space, as well as three additional theatres. The Ophthalmology Department deals with the highest quantity of patients out of any section of the hospital, and employs over 90 staff, including 13 consultants. This is the third project successfully delivered by Tilbury Douglas for the Trust in November 2021. The other projects were the new Ribblesdale Oncology Ward project at Royal Preston Hospital, and a £4.8 m Day Case Theatres project at Chorley & South Ribble Hospital.

Phil Shaw, divisional director for the North West at Tilbury Douglas, said: “Being able to efficiently deliver and hand over three projects in such a short period is a real testament to the expertise within our team, and our excellent track record in delivering some of the best NHS facilities in the UK.” Following a multi-million pound investment, we are delighted to officially open our new Ophthalmology development at Chorley & South Ribble Hospital on 13 December.

The new, purpose-built Lancashire Eye Centre is a purpose built three-tier building that  includes a dedicated outpatient and diagnostic space, and three additional theatres to provide extra day case procedure capacity. It has been designed with the patient experience at the forefront, with the various segments colour-coded to ease patient navigation and improve accessibility for those needing additional support.

The Centre will provide urgent and emergency clinics, cataract services, and all other specialist ophthalmic services, including glaucoma, retina, paediatric, neuro-ophthalmic, oculoplastic and cornea. The Trust said: “The new facility will significantly increase the service’s capacity and help tackle the backlog of patients currently waiting to be seen. Traditionally our ophthalmology departments deal with a high volume of patients.”

Shveta Bansal, consultant ophthalmologist at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals, said: “We are really pleased to be able to provide this additional facility, which will help us improve patient experience and will offer our patients a choice of location and access to state-of-the-art facilities. Our new centre is fully equipped with the latest ophthalmic technology, with our ward and day-case lounge designed for optimum patient comfort and flow. The Lancashire Eye Centre will provide increased capacity to patients across Lancashire and South Cumbria requiring urgent / emergency clinic services through the NHS.”

 

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