About us

We are one of the largest and highest performing trusts in the country, providing district general hospital services to 370,000 people in Preston and Chorley, and specialist care to 1.5m people across Lancashire and South Cumbria.

We provide care from three facilities :

How hospital services are organised[pdf] 726KB 

How hospital services are organised 1

How hospital services are organised 2


Our purpose is to be recognised as the centre for acute and specialised hospital services in Lancashire and South Cumbria, providing the highest standards of compassionate, safe care that gives our patients a positive experience, excelling in research, innovation and teaching, developing our staff to reach their potential, and improving the health and wellbeing of our diverse communities.

Our aim is to provide excellent care with compassion.
To ensure this is a reality for every patient and their family, on every occasion, we are :

  • Expanding and developing specialised and tertiary services
  • Delivering local services for Preston, Chorley and South Ribble
  • Enhancing our workforce and our reputation through education, research and innovation

Our Values

  • Caring and compassionate. We treat everyone with dignity and respect, doing everything we can to show we care.
  • Recognising individuality. We respect, value and respond to every person’s individual needs.
  • Seeking to involve. We will always involve you in making decisions about your care and treatment, and are always open and honest.
  • Team working. We work together as one team, and involve patients, families, and other services, to provide the best care possible.
  • Taking personal responsibility. We each take personal responsibility to give the highest standards of care and deliver a service we can always be proud of.


We are a regional specialist centre for :

We were established in 2005 and were the first trust in the country to be awarded ‘teaching hospitals’ status.

In 2013 we became the regional vascular centre for Lancashire and South Cumbria.  Elective and emergency vascular surgery will transfer to the vascular centre from University Hospitals Morecambe Bay, Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh and Blackpool Teaching Hospitals on a phased basis from 2014, with all surgery for the area being undertaken at the centre by 2016.

CQC standards at Chorley and South Ribble Hospital

CQC standards at Royal Preston Hospital