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New £17m community hospital opens its doors in Altrincham

altrincham newThe new £17 million community hospital in the heart of Altrincham town centre opened its doors to patients on Monday 27th April.

All services that were provided at the old Victorian Hospital on Market Street have transferred to the purpose-built new facility on Railway Street, including the nurse-led minor injuries unit for the assessment and treatment of minor condition such as fractures, burns and wounds.

The new community hospital will provide a wide range of general and specialist outpatient, diagnostic and therapeutic services.  A new service to Trafford is the maintenance renal dialysis unit and home training unit which have transferred from Wythenshawe Hospital.  The unit, which occupies the whole of the second floor, is open six days a week and can accommodate 40 patients a day for dialysis treatment.

Local people will now have easy and convenient access to an expanded range of ophthalmology services provided by experts from Manchester Royal Eye Hospital.  Clinics will expand from the previous one clinic a week to 8-10 glaucoma clinics and 5 medical retina clinics that treat macular degeneration a week.  These are the two chronic conditions most commonly treated in outpatient eye clinics and which require further follow-up appointments.  There will also be an increase in the adult and child audiology clinics that deal with hearing and ear-related conditions.

New state-of-the-art digital radiography equipment costing £350,000 has been installed to produce higher quality X-ray and ultrasound images within seconds.  These images are also available to specialist consultant radiologists at other CMFT hospitals such as Manchester Royal Infirmary to aid diagnosis and review.

Services in the new 75,000 sq ft building are spread over four floors, with the minor injuries unit, diagnostics (X-ray and ultrasound) and outpatients on the ground floor; phlebotomy (blood tests), audiology and additional outpatient clinics on the first floor; the renal dialysis unit on the second floor, physiotherapy on the third floor, and offices and staff facilities on the fourth floor.

The environment is bright and spacious with bold colours used on each of the floors - Trafford blue on the ground, bright yellow on the first, magenta red on the second, and lavender on the third.

Steve Mycio, Chairman of Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said:  "We are delighted that our plans to create a new state-of-the-art community hospital for Altrincham have finally come to fruition.  We look forward to providing local people with easy access to an expanded range of general and specialist health services in a modern, high quality healthcare environment."

Note to Editors

The wide range of general and specialist services provided by the new Altrincham Hospital includes:

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)

The nurse-led minor injuries unit is open 8am - 8pm Monday to Friday and 10am - 6pm at weekends.

For more information about Altrincham Hospital, go to /altrincham-hospital.