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Doctors mark 25 years at town's first private hospital
9:00am Wednesday 4th September 2013 in News
THREE of the doctors who were behind the first private hospital in the town have been looking back on 25 years.
Spire Cheshire Hospital marked a quarter of a century since it opened its doors yesterday, Wednesday, with patients and staff.
Dr Barry Linaker, who treated the first patient at the Stretton Hospital in 1988, said the first meeting was held at the Bear’s Paw pub in Frodsham in 1986 after a need was spotted for private healthcare in the town.
The consultant physician and gastroenterologist added: “There was a demand for it and people were telling us that’s what they wanted.
“The nearest private hospitals were in Manchester and Liverpool but it was turned down originally as it wasn’t seen to be viable.
“We felt excitement and relief when we finally opened such a fabulous new facility.
“It felt like a real achievement.”
The trio, who all previously worked at Warrington Hospital, have watched as the hospital has had four name changes, grown to include three operating theatres and 50 beds and gone from having 20 consultants to more than 190 with 15 remaining from the original group.
Clive Peckar, consultant ophthalmic surgeon, said they were driven by people wanting consultation and treatment all in the same place and in 2003 almost £4m was invested in building developments and refurbishment projects.
Five years later as demand to be treated continued to grow, a further £2.5m was spent on building a fixed site MRI scanner and later a new CT department, to provide rapid access to cardiac screening and virtual colonoscopy.
Consultant obstotrician David Entwistle, who retired in 2009, added: “The staff have been fabulous over the last 25 years and very skilful and that’s not just the nursing staff but everyone behind the scenes too.”
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