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Hospitals: Northwich

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN 71451, tabled on 8 November 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that hospital treatment is accessible for the residents of Northwich; and to what services the funding provided by his Department to the Victoria Infirmary will be allocated.

Answered on

18 November 2021

The Department is taking steps to ensure that hospital treatment is accessible for people across the country, including the residents of Northwich, by providing funding and encouraging innovation. £1.7 million funding has been confirmed for the development of diagnostics services at Victoria Infirmary, Northwich, as part of the National Community Diagnostic Centre programme. This will include the introduction of a CT scanner and expansion of some other diagnostic services, including x-ray, ultrasound, some cardio-respiratory testing and phlebotomy. Work on the Victoria Infirmary estate is expected to start by the end of November 2021.

Following the recent decision not to relocate hospital facilities to the Weaver Square scheme in Northwich town centre, further discussions and plans for the wider development of the Victoria Infirmary site are ongoing. The department will continue to work with NHS England and NHS Improvement to support service provision by the National Health Service in the area.