Rochdale News | News Headlines | Progress update for new £28 million colorectal and general surgery center at Royal Oldham Hospital

Publication date: May 28, 2022

Work to build the new £28 million colorectal and general surgery center at the Royal Oldham Hospital continues.

The new development is part of the Greater Manchester Improving Specialist Care program and will allow Royal Oldham Hospital to operate as the central location for high-risk and emergency general and colorectal surgery.

The next phase of construction is underway and includes steel construction to form the main foundation of the structure. The steelworks will take several weeks to complete.

By the end of June 2022, additional access for contracted goods and materials to the site will open at the rear of the Women and Children building, allowing contractors to remove and transport materials externally. The privacy film will be applied to all surrounding windows before then.

The new theater is also making progress internally with the removal of all existing infrastructure so that new construction begins within the existing building.

The new building was designed by architects who work alongside physicians, operational and support staff and patients to ensure every detail is captured with the patient’s well-being in mind.

The new building will have large patient care rooms and equipped therapy spaces, and the two new 24-bed general surgery wards will be located on the south and west elevations to provide outside views for patients while maximizing natural light.

It will also house a new state-of-the-art theater for colorectal and emergency surgery for patients who have conditions that affect the colon and rectum.

The new unit is expected to receive its first patients in the summer of 2023.

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