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New Chorley and South Ribble Hospital ward gets the go-ahead – more than two months after it opened

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Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (LTH) had applied for a retrospective permit for its Cuerden Ward facility, which became operational in July.

The ‘modular’ design building has been created on land previously occupied by the hospital’s maternity ward. That unit was demolished in 2020 and the area has been used as a temporary parking lot ever since.

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The Cuerden Ward at Chorley Hospital is intended to increase capacity on the site and improve patient flow through the wider system (image via Chorley Council planning portal)

Cuerden currently provides additional capacity for diabetes, endocrinology and general medicine patients. As the Local Democracy Reporting Service revealed earlier this year, it is also ultimately intended to help with the flow of patients through the hospital system and provide additional space for those who may be close to being discharged. .

The two-story, 24-bed building partially opened shortly after the temporary building was closed and dismantled Nightingale installation at the Royal Preston which had performed a similar function since its creation in January.

Committee members roundly welcomed the development, and what they felt it demonstrated about the trust’s commitment to the wider Chorley Hospital site. However, several of them took issue with the fact that they only had their opinion of the new ward more than two months after receiving their first patients.

Cllr Adrian Lowe told the meeting that a “strong message” needed to be sent to LTH.

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“If my memory serves me correctly, this is not the first time they have started construction within… that site and then applied for a retrospective permit, which, in effect, attracts members. [hands] behind our backs

“While we welcome upgraded facilities…do not take this authority for granted by beginning construction and then submitting a partial retrospective application,” added Cllr Lowe.

Planning and development cabinet member Alistair Morwood joked that the committee was usually presented with illustrations of what a proposed new building would look like before deciding whether to approve it or not, but in this case it was a case of ‘Here it is’ . .

If a retrospective application fails, the organization or individual behind it may be forced to demolish anything they have already built.

Cllr Adrian Lowe said a “strong message” needed to be sent to hospital bosses about construction before permission was granted.

However, planning services manager Adele Hayes stressed that the LTH application had been submitted “a long time ago” and had been delayed due to discussions about drainage requirements, as opposed to any concerns about the suitability of the proposal.

“Since there would be a funding regime and the need to go through a development program, a ‘business’ decision has been made to go forward with development, knowing that it was acceptable in principle and they were trying to fix the drain. .

“So I don’t think they went ahead without due consideration; it was an informed decision,” added Ms. Hayes.

Meanwhile, committee member Alex Hilton focused on the positives of the partially completed Cuerden facility, construction of which is at an “advanced stage,” the meeting heard.

“[It’s] It is great to see Lancashire Teaching Hospitals continue to invest in Chorley Hospital. This will be a modern health center that will benefit patients, many of whom [whom] they will be residents of Chorley.

“It will also make it a better place to work and that will help with staff recruitment and retention,” said Cllr Hilton.

In a statement after the meeting, an LTH spokesperson said: “We are grateful to Chorley City Council planning officers for working closely with us to ensure that the work at Cuerden Ward was appropriate in principle, allowing us to provide this facility. in a timely manner for the communities we serve.

“We appreciate that retrospective planning permission is never ideal, and we would like to thank the planning committee for their understanding and support.”

Two objections to the application were filed, but planning officials recommended that it be approved after concluding that it would have no more adverse impact on site features than the maternity ward it replaced.

Parking for staff cars will be provided to the south and east of the new building and the block will connect on its first floor to the main body of the hospital, as its predecessor did.

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