Plans unveiled for £14m Withington diagnostics facility
A consultation has launched today on Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust’s proposals to deliver the hub in the suburb, increasing local access to cardiorespiratory and endoscopy services.
DAY Architecture is designing the scheme, which would be delivered within the southern corner of the existing Withington Hospital site.
The trust’s proposals would see the creation of a two-storey Community Diagnostics Facility to provide a range of checks, scans, and tests away from major hospitals.
Possible tests include X-rays, ultrasounds, heart scans, blood tests, and colonoscopies.
A full landscape design will be also developed as proposals progress with plans for new cyclist and pedestrian access points, as well as a main arrival plaza from Burton Road.
Three drop-off bays and six accessible car parking spaces would be provided for visitors.
Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust’s plans reflect a £14.2m investment into its services.
The trust runs 10 hospitals across the city including Manchester Royal Infirmary, Trafford General Hospital, Altrincham Hospital, Wythenshawe Hospital, and, of course, Withington Hospital.
Professor Jane Eddleston, joint group medical director for Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust, said: “The multi-million-pound funding for this proposed centre is the single largest investment in Withington Community Hospital in its history and will increase the speed at which patients can access tests and receive results.
“That means they will either be reassured more quickly or start their treatment earlier.”
She added: “Quicker diagnosis saves lives, while at the same time, this centre will cut the need for people in West Didsbury and south Manchester to travel to either Manchester Royal Infirmary or Wythenshawe Hospital for these investigations.”
The consultation will run until Wednesday 7 June and can be found at mft.nhs.uk.