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Launch of new partnership for Manchester Orthopaedic Centre

Orthopaedic patients from Salford Royal will receive their surgery at an off-site specialist centre, based at Trafford General Hospital, as part of a new venture which is about to be launched.

From this week, Salford Royal patients who require a planned orthopaedic procedure, such as a hip replacement, will have their operation at Manchester Orthopaedic Centre.

Manchester Orthopaedic Centre will be a joint partnership between Salford Royal and our Trust.  Our patients already receive their planned orthopaedic surgery at the centre which opened last year.

The vast majority of Salford Royal's scheduled orthopaedic operations and day case procedures will be performed at Manchester Orthopaedic Centre.  As emergency orthopaedic surgery will remain on the Salford Royal site, this will reduce the likelihood of scheduled orthopaedic operations being cancelled.

Chair of Salford Royal's Division of Surgery and Consultant Surgeon Mr Jonathan Vickers said: "We are delighted to offer our planned orthopaedic surgery at Manchester Orthopaedic Centre. Staffed by orthopaedic experts, including consultants, nurses and other staff, the centre with its specialist theatres and bespoke wards will offer high quality care for our patients.

"Although Trafford General is only a short distance from Salford Royal, we understand that it represents quite a change for patients. Patients will still be under the care of Salford Royal consultants, remaining on the Salford Royal site for their out-patient appointments before and after surgery. It is only the in-patient stay that will take place on the ward at Manchester Orthopaedic Centre."

"We are really excited to be part of the Manchester Orthopaedic Centre and by the benefits this venture will bring for Salford residents. By moving planned surgery to the specialist centre, we are freeing up more capacity to make improvements in other services, including stroke and our treatment of patients who come to Salford in its role as a Major Trauma Centre."

Mr Mobeen Ismail, Clinical Head of Trafford Hospitals and Clinical Director/Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon at Manchester Orthopaedic Centre, said:  "This new partnership is a major step forward in our plans to develop Manchester Orthopaedic Centre as a centre of excellence not only for patient care but also for research, innovation, education and training.

"At Manchester Orthopaedic Centre, we are committed to delivering high quality outcomes for our patients.  We look forward to providing this expanded service to our local communities."

Further information:

  1. Around 95 per cent of Salford Royal's planned orthopaedic operations will move to Manchester Orthopaedic Centre. Emergency orthopaedic surgery will still be performed on the Salford Royal site.
  2. Patients eligible for their surgery at the centre are those requiring planned, non-emergency procedures, for example a hip, elbow, knee or shoulder replacement or a day case procedure (a procedure carried out on the day with no need for an overnight stay).
  3. Patients having a knee or hip replacement will be asked to attend Joint School based at Manchester Orthopaedic Centre, which will inform them about what to expect before and after the operation.