Northwich Advisors Respond to Victoria Infirmary’s Investment

The new Victoria Infirmary will receive an investment of £ 1.7million and will remain at its current site has been well received by city councilors.

News broke Thursday, October 7 that the much-loved facility would be modernized rather than moving to a brand new facility in Weaver Square due to the costs involved.

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The new construction had been at the heart of plans for the full regeneration of the Weaver Square site, with Northwich Mayor Sam Naylor admitting the decision meant going back to the drawing board.

“Negotiations between Cheshire West and Chester and the Mid Cheshire NHS Trust have been going on for 18 months,” he said.

“James Sumner is a forward thinking CEO, and I know he wanted to build a new facility.

“For me that would have been a good solution as the VIN is up a steep hill and its existing facilities weren’t good enough for the 21st century.

“But those talks fell through because the costs to move it to Weaver Square were just too high.

“However, the investment will mean that VIN, which is a much-loved facility in the city, will have much better facilities than it currently does, which is obviously good news.

“When it comes to the future of Weaver Square, we’re essentially starting from a blank canvas.

“We have to settle this once and for all because it has been dragging on for seven years.”

Councilor Kate Cernik said the investment is great news and the soon to be improved and expanded services will be here to stay.

She said: “It is really good news to hear that the future of VIN is secure.

“We have met James Sumner on several occasions and stressed the vital importance of having good healthcare facilities to meet the demands of our growing city.

“We were reassured that not only will services remain in Northwich, but that they will be improved and extended.

“This will now happen at the original infirmary site where considerable investment will be made to provide local people with access to state-of-the-art diagnostic facilities here in Northwich.

“I hope the new investment will help tackle the huge backlog in care and treatment the NHS is facing.”

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