Decision secures future of Trafford General
The decision by the Secretary of State to support the new
clinical service model at Trafford General Hospital has been well
received at Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation
CMFT has worked in close collaboration with all partner
organisations in Trafford to develop a workable model for the
future provision of hospital services to the people of
Trafford. Doctors and nurses working in the hospital and in
the community have been involved in designing the new model to
secure safe, affordable, high quality local health services for the
The decision to endorse the new service model means that
Trafford General Hospital now has a clear future as a vital part of
the local network of health and social care services that provide
for the people of Trafford.
The new model ensures the right balance between caring for the
sickest patients in specialist hospitals and retaining local access
to a broad range of high quality services for patients with less
serious needs. This model works because Trafford General
Hospital is part of a Foundation Trust that includes a wide range
of specialist hospital and community services and because we are
working in close collaboration with primary and community health
services and social care to develop and deliver an effective
integrated care system.
"We are delighted that the Secretary of State has endorsed these
proposals for hospital services in Trafford," said Bob Pearson,
CMFT Medical Director. "This announcement is good news
for local people as it means that they will get the right treatment
in the right place at the right time and that we can maintain high
standards of care.
"Many existing services at Trafford General will continue,
including day surgery, out-patient clinics and diagnostic services,
and some will expand. We will also be developing a specialist
Orthopaedic Centre which will be one of the largest in the region
and will provide the very highest standard of care for people
having operations such as joint replacements. Emergency care
will still be provided on site by specialist doctors and nurses
from 8am - midnight, seven days a week."
Chief Nurse/Director of Patient Services Gill Heaton said:
"It has become increasingly challenging to provide optimal care for
the very sickest patients requiring complex medical and surgical
treatment in a small hospital like Trafford. In the future,
these patients will be cared for at one of the three surrounding
major teaching hospitals. Many patients with less serious
illnesses will continue to receive very high quality care at
"Patients will continue to receive very high quality care at
Trafford General. The hospital will also play an important
role in supporting the rehabilitation and discharge of patients,
particularly those who are frail and elderly, so that they can
return to living as independently as possible.
"A number of people in Trafford have concerns about how they
will get access to the hospital services they need. In the
coming months we will work with Trafford CCG and other partner
organisations to ensure that local people are provided with
detailed information about how healthcare services will be
delivered in the future."
Existing services will continue until the new service model is
implemented, and it is important that Trafford residents continue
to have confidence in their local hospital services and carry on
using them as normal.
Patients with any specific concerns can contact the Trafford
Patient Advice and Liaison Service on 0161 746 2019 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Note to Editors
The key components of the new clinical service model to be
implemented at Trafford General Hospital are as follows:
- Emergency care will be provided by specialist doctors and
nurses between 8.00 am and midnight
- High dependency care to provide stabilisation and safe
management for any patient who requires higher levels of care
- Medical admissions unit for patients referred by their GP and
by the emergency care team
- Children's and adult services - an increased range of
out-patient, diagnostic and day surgery services
- Development of a specialist Orthopaedic Centre for patients
requiring operations such as joint replacements
- Rehabilitation services
- Care for the frail elderly where appropriate.
The new Trafford service model addresses challenges that are
being encountered in many other areas and could be applicable
elsewhere across the country.