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Our Expertise

Royal Manchester Children's Hospital is the biggest children's hospital in the UK. The 371-bedded hospital has been designed so that all departments are close to the equipment and support that they need. This means patients and staff do not have to travel far within the hospital. It also has purpose-built accommodation with ensuite rooms for carers and families.

Paediatric Emergency Department

The Paediatric Emergency Department (PED) at Royal Manchester Childrens Hospital sees 46,000 children each year with up to 200 children attending each day. This includes children arriving by ambulance, children brought by parents and all emergency admissions to RMCH.

Since 2012 RMCH has been a regional paediatric trauma centre, this means that any child with suspected serious or life threatening injury within 1 hours travelling time from RMCH will be brought directly to the Paediatric Emergency Department by the ambulance service from all over the North West region.

PED is staffed by a multidisciplinary team of doctors, nurses and support staff who are experienced and highly committed to ensuring that acutely ill and injured children receive the best possible care.

"Nobody wants to have to bring their child to an Emergency Department. The families that we meet are having a bad day. Our aim is to make that bad day better."

Critical Care

The (Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) has two more operational beds (17). All the beds are equipped with state-of-the-art ventilators and monitoring systems. The layout of beds and cubicles help nursing staff manage the care of the patients much more effectively. The PICU is much more spacious allowing greater separation of bed spaces. It has a higher ratio of hand wash basins to beds than the current provision and a modern sophisticated air conditioning system designed to rapidly clear airborne contamination. HDU previously provided ten beds across two sites, but now provides 12 beds (with a capacity for a further three beds in the future) on a single site, located across the corridor from PICU, ensuring that both units work easily together.

Burns Service

The Burns Unit is adjacent to PICU and HDU. There is a therapy suite within the unit. There is a psychology interview / counselling area, fully equipped adolescent day room with TV and Multi entertainment system, skin preparation area integral to burn theatre, children's dining area adjacent to play room and a fully equipped assessment bay for receiving new patients and initiating their management.


The paediatric operating theatres are now together on one site and located on the first floor with the surgical wards, directly opposite the Elective Treatment Centre (ETC). The majority of patients coming to theatre will come from the ETC which will mean that patients have a short distance to travel to and from theatre. The theatres are also very close to the Critical Care areas so that our more seriously ill children do not have to be moved very far if they need surgical intervention. There is additional recovery capacity so that patients can remain in there as long as necessary without creating a bottle neck during times of high activity.


The Children's Radiology Service was previously split between Pendlebury and Booth Hall. Moving to the new site has brought all of radiology into one department. It contains the latest and newest equipment including an MRI scanner, the latest 128 slice CT scanner, which has enabled expansion of our services, three ultrasound rooms and state-of-the-art digitised X-ray units.

Major Specialisms

Major specialisms of the hospital include metabolic disorders, complex spinal, renal transplant, and Haematology/Oncology.

Care by Parent

Care by Parent is a new facility within the new hospital. A four bedded unit where children who have been classified as medically fit for discharge but whose parents carry out the care for their child to provide them with more confidence.