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Photo-a-Day  (Tuesday, 7th April, 2020)

Emergency Ward

Emergency Ward
HGV's queueing all the way around DW Stadium. Each contains a 'ready-made module' for the new emergency ward being built at Wigan Infirmary. One by one they take turns to drive to the hospital where a crane lifts each module into place.

Photo: Brian  (iPhone)
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Comment by: Alan (on Vancouver Island) on 7th April 2020 at 00:18

Many, many years ago I was a doctor in the emergency clinic at Wigan Infirmary. (It was called Casualty in those days). It is good to see that they are increasing the unit to cope with the pandemic that is affecting the whole world now. I must say that I am most thankful that I am retired now, and unable to help out. At the age of 84 years with memory failure and hearing loss, I would be more dangerous to the patients than the virus is. I sincerely hope that all p-a-d viewers remain safe.

Comment by: Helen of Troy on 7th April 2020 at 07:21

You stay safe too Alan

Comment by: kath on 7th April 2020 at 08:28

scary times.

Comment by: Gary on 7th April 2020 at 08:58

Very informative Brian. Here in the North East there are a number of specialist facilities in place, but plans are afoot for a temporary facility near the Nissan site south of the river.
Alan - from your posts, would have put you much younger than 84!
Keep safe everyone.

Comment by: Rev David Long on 7th April 2020 at 09:27

I'm surprised this project hasn't received more media coverage than it has so far. BBC North West has shown soldiers taking camp beds into Penrith Leisure Centre to create a 'field hospital' there - but nothing about this project taking place from scratch in the hospital car park.

Comment by: Mick on 7th April 2020 at 09:50

Yes I agree with you Rev, I was passing the hospital yesterday and the builders were working flat out to get the new wards finished.

Theres a photo on the Messageboard section of Wiganworld

Comment by: Gary on 7th April 2020 at 10:00

David, BBC and local news are being very circumspect here in the North East. We saw Penrith, Whitehaven, Kendal - and reference made to Barrow.
However, movements from Catterick have been extensive. The rifle range up in Otterburn has double the number of vehicles on site.
No coverage at all.

Comment by: Cyril on 7th April 2020 at 15:33

It was on the Granada Reports news last Friday.

Comment by: Rev David Long on 7th April 2020 at 17:01

When I first saw things happening at the RAEI I did a Google, and a website came up which showed a video of the work as it progressed - but that seems to have disappeared. Seems a bit strange. It's no wonder silly things get around when we seem to be being kept in the dark about something which I think most folk would see as a Good Thing - viz. the celebratory opening of the Excel Nightingale Hospital in London.
Apologies if it's my fault I can't find the site again....

Comment by: WN1 Standisher on 8th April 2020 at 10:27

Seeing this work taking place got me wondering how difficult it would be to convert the old Morrisons building at Ince into a temporary emergency unit for the overspill from RAE ?

Comment by: Mick on 8th April 2020 at 12:44

Rev is this the video you was looking for

[url= https://vimeo.com/404994444/6a231d8b27 ][Link[/url]

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