TOWN Hall chiefs at Warrington are being asked to prioritise the development of a new hospital, centred in the town, to retain clinical services and attract a quality workforce.
The recommendation, from the borough council’s Health Scrutiny Committee, will be put to the executive board on Monday.
It follows a presentation to councillors by hospital chief executive Mel Pickup back in February and a later report which indicated that the present Lovely Lane site is not suitable for a modern hospital for the borough.
Subsequently, an article on the future vision for both Warrington and Halton hospitals had appeared in the newsletter of the NHS Trust.
This stated that with the growing population of Warrington, it was appropriate to consider planning for a new state-of-the-art modern hospital within the town.
But it stated that no specific locations had been considered and it was not within the Five Year forward view for Cheshire and Merseyside, which runs to 2021.
However, consultation and business cases for a new hospital would take many years to develop, so it was timely to be considering the issue now.
A report to accompany the Health Scrutiny’s recommendation to the executive board, states that the current hospital estate is not conducive to a modern, sustainable hospital which meets the needs of Warrington residents.
No firm proposals for a new hospital have yet been considered, but the council is currently in conversations with partners regarding potential solutions to the problem.
But if a business case for a new hospital is put forward, it will include a full risk assessment.