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Proposal Around Health Improvements a Step Closer

Plans to consult local people around significant health improvements in Trafford have moved a step closer.

NHS North of England has approved the proposal by NHS Greater Manchester to reconfigure health services in Trafford, which would dramatically improve health care provision for local residents.

The proposal to introduce radical new ways of providing health care services in Trafford, through an 'integrated care system' would enable clinicians to provide the right health care, in the right place, at the right time, in a more joined up and effective way.

Dr George Kissen, medical director at NHS Trafford and senior GP said "There is a good reason why the NHS in Trafford needs to change. The health needs and priorities of our local residents are changing and a new integrated care system would enable us to provide the very best quality health care for our residents in their local communities."

To enable increased investment in more community based services, changes to the way that hospital services are provided at Trafford General Hospital would be necessary, including those of A&E, intensive care and emergency surgery.

Currently these hospital services cost more to deliver than the income generated by them, due the very low numbers of patients that pass through them. The low number of people using these services also means that changes to the services are necessary to ensure that patients continue to receive the highest quality and safest care possible.

Simon Musgrave, Clinical Head of Division, Trafford General Hospital said "This proposal will ensure that we can continue to provide the highest levels of safe, sustainable joined up services for our local residents. It is about providing health care services in the most appropriate settings wherever that might be."

NHS Trafford has been working closely with Central Manchester University hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, University Hospital of South Manchester NHS Foundation Trust, NHS Greater Manchester, Trafford Clinical Commissioning Group and, local residents over the past year to develop the proposal.


The consultation is expected be launched on 26th July 2012.

More details about how local residents can have their say will be released soon. http://www.healthdeal.trafford.nhs.uk/   

For more information please contact the press office at NHS Trafford:

0161 873 9544/0161 873 6048