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WIRRAL and Chester’s main hospitals are coming together to find ways of offering joint services to patients.
Wirral University Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and the Countess of Chester announced they are forming a partnership to look at ways of offering treatments together.
Len Richards, Wirral Hospital chief executive, said it was “too early to tell what the ultimate configuration will be” but insisted they intend to continue to maintain “two very high- quality district general hospitals at Arrowe Park and Chester”.
The two hospitals have formed a “Joint Collaboration Board to explore all potential opportunities to work closely together in both clinical and non-clinical areas”.
They say the aim is to develop safe, high-quality services for patients.
Mr Richards said: “We are looking at a number of specialities, and we are getting clinical staff from those areas to think about what would be the ideal configuration.”
He said they were looking to see if duplication could be avoided.