Fairfield Hospital work delayed after contractor goes into liquidation
WORK on Fairfield Hospital’s new accident and emergency department has been delayed after the contractor went into liquidation.
The £2.25 million development started in November last year, but was temporarily halted in June when contractors Thomas Winstanley & Son stopped trading after getting into financial trouble.
The finishing date for the new development, originally set to be this November, has been put back to April next year.
Hospital bosses say work is set to restart in October when a new contractor has been appointed.
Graham Lord, Head of Estate Development at Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, which runs Fairfield, said: “Just before the summer we received notification from Thomas Winstanley & Son Ltd, the building construction contractor appointed to develop and expand our accident and emergency (A&E) depart-ment at Fairfield Hospital, that they had been forced to cease trading.
“This was very disappointing given the development was prog-ressing well.
“Obviously the com-pany going into liquidation meant that the building work on site at Fairfield was forced to stop until we had re-tendered the works and appointed a new contractor.”
The expansion to A&E facilities will include the construction of two extensions to the existing department, one of which will provide state-of-the- art facilities for children and young people, and the other will allow staff to separate minor and major cases.
The trust says it hopes the new physical layout and expansion of clinical treatment areas will help to reduce waiting times and improve the patient experience at Fairfield.
Mr Lord added: “This is a significant capital scheme of which we are investing over £2.25 million to improve facilities at the hospital.
“We had planned for the new development to be completed by end of November but due to this delay we expect all construction works will now be completed by April 2014.”
A trust spokesman said the new building contractor would be confirmed within the next few days.
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