Wigan Royal Albert Edward Infirmary 3 hours later looking at the 100s of emails that had come in during that time, some of that good feeling disappeared. But I was there for this months Trust Board, and as always this proved to be a productive and effective meeting, made so by the quality of the papers considered, the timed chairmanship (something I am adopting with our School Executive meetings) and the amount of positive improvements reported upon across the work of the Trust.
Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Trust is exactly the kind of hospital the NHS Chief Executive, Simon Stevens, declared we needed more of – that is hospitals that treat more patients in the local communities. Although it was reported in many newspapers that what was required was more Cottage Hospitals, I don’t think this is what Simon Stevens was describing. Many hospitals in the UK are no longer able to provide effective local services because to many specialist services have been stripped out and centralised.
Indeed this is the underpinning rationale for the so called ‘Healthier Together’ programmes which in Greaert Manchester seeks to provide more effective services to the Greater Manchester population by creating a small number of specialist hospitals (mainly the teaching hospitals) that will provide services for all of Greater Manchester’s population. Greater Manchester’s population stands at just under 3 million, Wigan on the other hand just over 300,000