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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 Trust (CMFT).

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 future.

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 Trafford General.

"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 trafford.pals@cmft.nhs.uk.

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.