PLANS for new improved primary health care facilities in Northwich are taking shape.
NHS chiefs announced their intention to upgrade services in Mid Cheshire earlier this year, and said a new “community hospital” could be built next to Northwich’s Victoria Infirmary.
Since 2006, Central and Eastern Cheshire Primary Care Trust (CECPCT) has undertaken extensive consultation with stakeholders to ensure the improvements are in line with what the community wants.
The detailed planning of new services and buildings is about to start. The following key decisions, which will shape the next phase of the planning process, have already been made:
The services at Northwich Infirmary should be retained and more than 30 beds are needed, an increase from the 20 there already,
The buildings housing the wards at the Infirmary are in need of rebuilding,
More services should come to Northwich, reducing the need for local people to go to Leighton Hospital,
Danebridge Medical Centre on London Road has become too small for the services they want to offer to patients,
Witton Street and Middlewich Road Surgeries are also under pressure for space.
Sue Noyce, community healthcare projects leader at CECPCT, said: “We have been looking at the issues of health care in Northwich for some time and now with help from everyone involved, including local people, we can start planning in earnest.
“A short list of developers is about to be set up with a full brief of what is required. It is hoped their ideas, combined with views of doctors, nurses and the public will result in an exciting 21st century approach to healthcare in Northwich.”