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Ground breaking event to mark the start of building work on new Ophthalmology unit at Chorley and South Ribble Hospital

We are investing £17.5 million to develop enhanced Ophthalmology and daycase facilities at Chorley and South Ribble Hospital.

Work is now underway and a ground breaking event was held today (Thursday 15th October) to mark the start of the exciting development which is expected to open in October 2021.

The new department will be in addition to current facilities at Royal Preston Hospital and we are working with Interserve Group Limited to deliver the scheme.

Karen Partington, Chief Executive, said “We are really pleased to be able to provide this additional facility which will help us to improve patient experience and will give our patients a choice of location and access to state of the art facilities. The unit will include a dedicated outpatient and diagnostic space as well as three additional theatres to provide extra capacity for patients requiring a variety of day case procedures. It is really exciting that work is now underway on our Chorley site and we look forward to opening the department next year.”

Shveta Bansal, Consultant in Ophthalmology and Clinical Director for the programme, said: “We are delighted that work is underway to build this new facility which will provide a better patient experience and help us to reduce waiting times for treatment. The highest volume of patients in a hospital is within an eye department so it is really important that we have the facilities and space that we need deliver the very best care for our patients.”

Phil Shaw, Divisional Director at Interserve Construction, said: “Interserve Construction’s appointment as the PSCP on this project is a real testament to the expertise within our team. It also reflects Interserve’s excellent track record in delivering some of the best NHS facilities in the UK, where have demonstrated our capabilities on major landmark projects including the Christies Proton Beam Therapy in Manchester and the Rutherford Cancer Centre in Liverpool.”

It is really exciting that work is now underway on our Chorley site and we look forward to opening the department next year

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Chorley and South Ribble Hospital

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01257 261222

Royal Preston Hospital

Sharoe Green Lane




01772 716565

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