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Orthopaedic centre first step towards new-look Trafford General

Trafford General's new orthopaedic centre opened this Monday and is the first major step in a series of changes that will take place over the next two weeks.

Manchester Elective Orthopaedic Centre, as it is now known, brings together specialist orthopaedic expertise from both Trafford General and Manchester Royal Infirmary.  All major planned orthopaedic procedures that require an inpatient stay, as well as day cases, for patients from Trafford and Manchester will be carried out in modern purpose-built facilities at Trafford General.Orthopaedic centre exterior

These procedures include joint replacements such as hips, elbows, knees, and shoulders.  More than 5,500 procedures are expected to be carried out in the first year.  Outpatient, rehabilitation and follow-up care will be provided at either Trafford General or the MRI, at the hospital closer to the patient's home.  Dedicated orthopaedic theatre lists will mean that the possibility of cancelled operations is reduced.

"Manchester Elective Orthopaedic Centre is a really exciting development for Trafford General Hospital,"  said Mobeen Ismail, Clinical Director of Surgery and Orthopaedic Surgeon at Trafford General Hospital.

"Our aim is to develop a world class orthopaedic service at Trafford General and a centre of excellence for patient care, research and training.  We will provide high quality, innovative clinical care and the best possible clinical outcomes for our patients.  Working together in one centre will make the most effective use of our clinical expertise."

This week, non-orthopaedic inpatient surgery, including trauma admissions, will transfer from Trafford General to Manchester Royal Infirmary or Saint Mary's.  A wide range of day surgery will continue to be provided at Trafford General for adults and children including ear, nose and throat, general surgery and urology.

For more information on the new range of services that Trafford General will provide from the end of November, go to www.cmft.nhs.uk/tghischanging.