Warrington & Halton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

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Warrington and Halton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust was created on 1 December 2008 from what was formerly known as North Cheshire Hospitals NHS Trust. The trust comprises Warrington Hospital, Halton Hospital in Runcorn and Houghton Hall in Warrington and is responsible for a budget of around £200 million per annum.

4,100 staff work across the hospitals and provide access to care for a population of over 500,000 people.

Warrington Hospital[edit]

Warrington Hospital is an acute district general hospital with over 500 beds and around 3,000 staff. Its services include 24-hour emergency care, maternity care and complex surgery. The accident and emergency department sees over 95,000 patients annually, and over 3,300 babies are born each year in the maternity unit. It is located in Bewsey, just outside Warrington town centre.

Warrington General Hospital was created from the workhouse in 1898. In 1929 it was renamed Warrington Borough Hospital and to this day is referred to as the Borough by many people. There were two other hospitals on the site; Aikin Street (an infectious diseases hospital) and Whitecross Hospital, which was run by the military.

In 1973 a decision was taken to merge all three hospitals into Warrington District General Hospital. The current hospital has grown in four stages since then.

  • Aikin Street was demolished in the 1970s to make way for Appleton Wing of the current hospital (where the A&E, medical wards and theatres are located) which was phase A of the new General.
  • Burtonwood Wing opened in 1988 with the stroke, elderly care and children's wards.
  • The main building of Whitecross Hospital was demolished in the late 1980s to make way for the Croft Wing which opened in 1994 and houses maternity and women's services.
  • The Daresbury Wing opened in 1998 and is surgical unit with single rooms.

In 1993 the government decided to separate the role of health authorities and hospitals and the hospital was handed over from Warrington Health Authority to the newly formed Warrington Hospital NHS Trust. North Cheshire Hospitals NHS Trust was formed by the merger of Warrington Hospital NHS Trust and Halton General Hospital NHS Trust in 2001.

The hospital has undergone significant development over recent years with a rebuilt accident and emergency and coronary care unit and refurbishment of most of the wards. A new critical care unit costing £6.25 million opened in February 2009 and in late 2010 new endoscopy and eye surgery units opened in the Appleton Wing.

Halton Hospital[edit]

In September 1976, Halton General Hospital was opened in Runcorn. It was a newly built 70-inpatient-bed hospital, next door to Runcorn Shopping City (now called Halton Lea Shopping) and part of the development of Runcorn New Town.

Halton Health Authority passed control of the hospital to the newly formed Halton General Hospitals NHS Trust in 1993. In 2001 North Cheshire Hospital NHS Trust was formed by the merger of Halton General Hospital NHS Trust and Warrington Hospital NHS Trust.

In 2006 a reconfiguration of services saw the trust's emergency and acute medical care work centralised at Warrington Hospital and planned surgical work move to Halton General. Although Halton has never had a full accident and emergency department it retains its minor injuries unit for basic urgent care needs.

A new operating theatre opened at the hospital in 2007 to provide extra surgical services. In 2008 new step down care wards, a renal dialysis unit and an expanded chemotherapy centre opened.

The trust took ownership of the neighbouring Cheshire and Merseyside Treatment Centre in July 2012. The trust's orthopaedic surgery services will be based there - moving from Warrington Hospital in autumn 2012. The centre was previously home to a private healthcare provider. It has four operating theatres, 44 inpatient beds and a range of clinic, physio and scanning facilities.

Information Technology[edit]

Warrington Hospital has what is said to be the oldest fax machine in the NHS, purchased by the trust in 1998.[1] The trust says use of HealthRoster software has permitted them to reduce the use of bank and agency staff.[2]

Lorenzo patient record systems are being introduced to the Trust during 2015.[3]

Houghton Hall[edit]

Opened in December 2008 this 39-bed facility in the Orford area of Warrington was run by the hospital trust and offered therapy and rehabilitation for people who no longer require medical care in an acute hospital bed but need some further support before returning home. Houghton Hall closed in March 2011 with services provided in other settings in the town.


Four-hour target in the emergency department quarterly figures from NHS England[4]

The trust was one of 26 responsible for half of the national growth in patients waiting more than four hours in accident and emergency over the 2014/15 winter.[5]

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  1. ^ "Warrington Hospital has NHS's oldest fax machine, says Labour party". Warrington Guardian. 4 June 2018. Retrieved 5 June 2018. 
  2. ^ "Hospital staff celebrate e-rostering award". Warrington Guardian. 14 December 2014. Retrieved 25 June 2015. 
  3. ^ "New electronic patient records being introduced at Halton and Warrington hospitals". Runcorn & Widnes World. 21 March 2015. Retrieved 27 March 2015. 
  4. ^ {{cite web|url=https://www.england.nhs.uk/statistics/statistical-work-areas/ae-waiting-times-and-activity/ |title=A&E waiting times and activity|publisher=NHS England|accessdate=24 April 2018
  5. ^ "26 trusts responsible for half of national A&E target breach". Health Service Journal. 1 April 2015. Retrieved 3 May 2015. 

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