We use cookies to help us improve the website and your experience using it. You may delete and block all cookies from this site at any time. However, please note this may result in parts of the site no longer working correctly. If you continue without changing your settings we will assume you are happy to receive all cookies on this site.


Future hospital services announced for Altrincham

Artist's impression - pink

The range of services that will be provided at the new £17 million NHS hospital development in Altrincham has just been finalised.

The new hospital is currently under construction on Railway Street in Altrincham town centre and is due to open in spring 2015.  The new purpose-built community hospital will provide a high quality, modern and user-friendly environment for patients and staff and a wide range of general and specialist outpatient and diagnostic services

The new four-storey development will replace the current Altrincham Hospital on Market Street which dates back to the Victorian era.  All services currently available at the existing Altrincham Hospital will transfer to the new development.  The full range of services that will be provided in the new community hospital is as follows:

  • Audiology (hearing problems)
  • Cardiology (heart conditions)
  • Clinical Haematology
  • General Surgery (including Thyroid and Colorectal)
  • Dermatology (skin complaints)
  • Diabetes
  • Dietetics
  • Elderly Medicine
  • ENT (ear, nose and throat) - expanded service
  • Gastroenterology
  • Gynaecology (female reproductive health)
  • Minor injuries unit, nurse-led
  • Ophthalmology (eye conditions) - expanded service
  • Orthopaedics (bones/joints)
  • Pain management
  • Phlebotomy (blood tests)
  • Physiotherapy
  • Podiatry (foot care)
  • Radiology - X-ray and ultrasound
  • Renal dialysis - new service
  • Respiratory (chest conditions)
  • Rheumatology (musculoskeletal conditions)
  • Urology
  • Vascular (conditions relating to the blood vessels)

Renal dialysis is a major new development for Altrincham and sees the service transfer from Wythenshawe Hospital where it is currently provided.  This move will make the service more accessible for Trafford patients, a key factor for renal dialysis patients who need to attend for treatment several times a week.  The renal dialysis unit will occupy the whole of the second floor and includes a home training facility to educate patients who are suitable to receive dialysis at home.

Two new X-ray machines costing £350,000 will be installed in the new hospital development in adjacent rooms.  Both will be wall mounted and have mobile plates which enable the X-ray machines to come to the patient, offering both convenience and flexibility.

These services will be provided by clinical experts from Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, the renowned local major teaching and research hospital Trust.

The layout of the new hospital will be as follows:

Ground floor

Main reception and waiting area

Minor injuries unit (nurse-led)

Outpatient consultation and treatment rooms

Radiology - X-ray and ultrasound

First floor

Reception and waiting area

Outpatient consultation and treatment rooms

Audiology & ENT

Phlebotomy - blood tests

Second floor

Renal dialysis unit (20 stations)

Home dialysis training unit (9 training places)

Third floor


Treatment area


Fourth floor

Offices and staff changing facilities

Each floor will be colour-coded to help patients and visitors find their way around.  The finishing touches are being made to the colour schemes which will be announced shortly.  Disabled parking will be available on the lower ground floor.

Beth Weston, Director of Trafford Hospitals, said:  "We are delighted that our plans to create a new state-of-the-art community hospital for Altrincham are coming to fruition.  This development will be a major boost for local people and will provide them with modern, high quality healthcare facilities and an expanded range of clinical services."

Note to editors

The main CMFT renal dialysis service is based at Manchester Royal Infirmary, with satellite dialysis units in Stockport, Tameside, North Manchester, and Macclesfield.  The CMFT home dialysis scheme which allows patients to receive dialysis at home won the Department of Health's innovation challenge prize in 2011, together with £100,000 to develop the scheme further.  The new Altrincham Hospital will have the facility to train suitable patients to do this, using specially designed machines.