The Chancellor of the Exchequer opens new facilities at Wilmslow Health Centre

On 10th February 2011, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne MP, opened Wilmslow Health Centre’s new operating theatre, consulting rooms, pharmacy extension and education and training suite.

Corrie star William Roache joined Tatton MP George Osborne at the official opening of new operating theatre at Wilmslow Health Centre. The new facility will save patients visiting hospitals further afield for routine procedures. Alongside the theatre is a pharmacy which has doubled in size and a new education suite for trainee doctors. The build has taken a year after the centre’s partners invested money for the work. Mr Osborne, a patient at the centre, said: “I congratulate everyone who has been involved in the visionary project.” William Roache, who plays Ken Barlow in Coronation Street, was among guests who heard that the surgical unit means patients will no longer have to go to hospital for procedures which do not require a general anaesthetic such as hernia repairs, varicose veins surgery, carpal tunnel surgery, minor hand surgery and other procedures involving ENT, urology, ophthalmology and cancer screening. The centre has been developing services only before found in hospitals for three years – such as scans for people to have in evenings and Saturday mornings. Dr Amar Ahmed said this can save lives. “Not so long ago, I saw a patient with a worrying lump. “Because of the scan service that patient received a scan within two hours and within 24 hours she was being seen by a consultant to plan her care. “Best of all, it didn’t cost the NHS any more – we were able to do this at a price below that of traditional service providers. “So that’s what we’re trying to achieve. “A faster, convenient service at a reasonable price with no compromise on quality. The new operating theatre will enable surgeons to perform surgical procedures safely in a community setting. “We hope it will improve access for patients all over the North West by offering low waiting time, consultant delivered services.” “The bottom line will be faster diagnosis and prompt, efficient treatment delivered at a time and place that suits patients.”

Click here to watch a video of the opening ceremony.