Joann Webb, assistant director of nursing general and colorectal, said: “We are excited about the opening of our new hub where we will be able to treat more people who require high risk, general and colorectal care. The facility's design was developed with input from patients, service users and colleagues, and as a result we have introduced changes.  I am sure it will make a difference to the patient experience and help with a speedier recovery, so they can leave hospital as soon as possible.”  

The new hub has two new general surgery wards with a capacity of 24 beds each, including individual rooms for those patients who need that extra privacy. There are rehabilitation and therapy rooms spread over two floors and multiple bathrooms. Patient rooms have been designed with additional space and lots of light creating an environment that will aid recovery.  

Alison Birkett, lead nurse general and colorectal surgery said: “Patients and colleagues are delighted with our new building and are taking advantage of our new facilities and the latest innovations.  

“Our clinical teams have been working incredibly hard to make sure we are ready for our first arrivals.  We have spent the first few days transferring patients from existing wards to the new space and we’ve had great feedback.”    

The new development is named the Hulton building, a name chosen by colleagues, in memory of former surgeon Mr Neil Hulton who was an inspiration to many. 

The Hulton building facility has been delivered in partnership with Integrated Health Projects (IHP). It has brought benefits to the local community and residents that include the creation of jobs as well as learning and mentoring opportunities.  During construction, local apprentices were appointed, industrial placements secured for students and there has been the creation of jobs for clinical colleagues and support staff.   

The Hulton building opened in February 2024 with an official celebration planned for later in the year.