Dr Kieran Mullan, member of Parliament for Crewe and Nantwich, has visited Leighton Hospital to see the construction of the new Emergency Department expansion.
As part of record levels of investment into our NHS, Mid-Cheshire NHS Hospital Trust received £15million from the Government last year to develop a new two-storey building to replace the hospital’s existing Emergency department. The site, which began construction in February, will help the hospital see and treat more patients, improving healthcare for residents of Crewe and Nantwich and beyond.
Commenting on the A&E, Kieran said “We know how busy Leighton A&E can be. One of my first ever campaigns was a petition thousands of residents signed to expand the A&E. Even in the time since then demand has continued to grow and it is absolutely right that the government is investing again in our local hospital. This is part of record levels of investment in our NHS.”
During the visit, Kieran met James Sumner, Chief Executive of Mid Cheshire Hospitals, who said “Our investment in a new Emergency Department at Leighton is part of our long-term commitment to enhance facilities for patients and staff. It’s a vital development that will help us to deal with a combination of increasing patient attendances post-pandemic and the annual winter pressures, which now seem to start earlier and last longer.”
This comes as Leighton Hospital bids to become one of the 8 further sites to be announced as part of the Governments hospital building programme, having submitted plans for a £663 Million redevelopment. The Prime Minister announced last year that an additional 8 sites would be selected alongside the 40 already confirmed in the biggest hospital building programme in a generation, backed by £3.7 Billion.
Commenting on these plans Kieran said “The hospital was built in the 70s and planned to be used for just 30 years. It has had new state of the art facilities over the years with the new Emergency Department the latest example. But eventually the core of the site will need rebuilding and this is the perfect opportunity.”
Kieran launched a petition last year to build community support for the campaign which has already been signed by over 1000 residents. As well as asking residents to sign a petition to back the campaign, the MP is asking people to share their positive stories of theirs and their family members treatment at Leighton. These stories will be used to support this campaign further.
During the visit Kieran also heard about plans to further expand car parking capacity, something raised with him by residents frequently. Kieran commented “I know parking can be difficult and Leighton added new spaces earlier this year, but it is good to hear they are listening to feedback and adding more spaces in future.”