The Northern Care Alliance NHS Foundation Trust is investing £28m to build a new four-storey extension to the main hospital.
The new development will create a new state-of-the-art theatre for emergency and colorectal surgery, rehabilitation facilities and most importantly additional beds. These new facilities will help the hospital team to support patients throughout Oldham and Greater Manchester with serious colorectal conditions and ensure they receive consistent, high quality patient care.
The new development is part of the Greater Manchester Improving Specialist Care programme and will enable The Royal Oldham to operate as the hub site for high risk and emergency general and colorectal surgery.
The main contractor, IHP started work on the new development in January 2022 and construction works are now well underway. DAY Project Management Ltd are working alongside IHP as the main contractor and DAY Architectural Ltd as the lead designer to deliver the new extension.
The new building has been designed by architects working alongside clinicians, operational and support staff and patients to ensure every detail is captured with patient wellbeing in mind. The new building will have spacious patient day rooms and equipped therapy spaces, and the two new 24-bedded general surgery wards will be located on southern and western elevations to provide outward looking views for patients, maximising natural light. It will also house a new state-of-the-art theatre for emergency and colorectal surgery for patients who have conditions affecting the colon and rectum.
The build will house wards and facilities specifically designed for general and specialist colorectal surgery patients. The additional state of the art operating theatre will facilitate more laparoscopic (“key-hole”) surgery to improve patients’ recovery and experience and will shorten hospital stays.
It is hoped that the development will also bring many other benefits for the local economy and the people of Greater Manchester during the construction phase including the creation of employment, skills, training and supply chain opportunities.
The new unit is expected to welcome its first patients in the summer of 2023.