Was Ashfield House in Standish (which is now I believe a resteraunt) in the late 50's onwards an annex to wigan hospital ,I seem to remember as a young lad going there for
eye treatment, but my mate says it must have been somewhere else.
I was a typist at Ashfield House in the 60's. Upstairs were the Council offices and downstairs was the school dentist, the baby clinic and ante-natal classes, so the chances are that is where you went for eye treatment.
I can still smell the gas in the dentist! Part of the ground floor was leased to Lancashire County Council who provided the health cover for schools and young mums/babies. Nurse Hargreaves used to weigh the babies and give out concentrated NHS orange juice is medicine-sized bottles. The remainder of the ground floor was used for social functions (I had my wedding reception there in 1970)while Standish Urban District Council (including linma)used the first floor.
My dad worked at Ashfield House from May 1960 until mid-1980s. Never any connection with the Notre Dame convent. LCC leased rooms downstairs and after local government re-organisation it was used by Wigan Tech admin department.