For a while now, the Victoria Infirmary has had a shaky future. There are multiple reasons for this, and the Mid Cheshire NHS Foundation Trust are looking for solutions to their problem.
Possibly the most pressing issue with the site is the failing conditions caused by subsidence; the ground’s movement downwards relative to sea level. In this case, due to the nearby railway line and local salt extraction, the building’s foundation has become unstable.
Another issue arises from two inpatient wards which, after an electrical test, were closed in 2010. These wards have been closed ever since, but even after maintenance, they would remain unfit to deliver modern healthcare standards. Due to the ward being mixed-sex, there are no separate toilet facilities which could cause “privacy and dignity concerns”, says a Trust spokesman.
For these reasons, the spokesman summed up by stating “It’s really not cost-effective to invest a lot of money into that site.” In response to these concerns, the Trust is considering a relocation to a more suitable area of Northwich.
Where a new facility could go is still in the air, however, there is a suggestion for a new site to coincide with the Cheshire West and Chester Councils’s regeneration at Weaver Square. The spokesman suggested that “It is possible that health services could be included in this hub”.
Victoria Infirmary’s closure is far from certain, but if better services could be provided to the residents of Northwich on a new site, then there is a high probability.
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