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Royal opening for Altrincham’s new £17m community hospital

altrinchamopening1His Royal Highness The Duke of Gloucester KG GCVO visited the new £17 million community hospital in the heart of Altrincham town centre last Thursday, 3rd September, and performed the official opening ceremony.

The Duke of Gloucester was taken on a tour of the new facilities by CMFT Chairman Steve Mycio, Chief Executive Sir Michael Deegan CBE, and Deputy Chief Executive Gill Heaton OBE.  The Mayor and Mayoress of Trafford, Councillor John and Christine Holden, were also present, together with Graham Brady, MP for Altrincham and Sale West.

During his private tour of the new facilities, the Duke of Gloucester met staff and patients on the 20-station renal dialysis unit which offers maintenance dialysis for up to 80 patients a day (in the region of 15,000 dialysis treatments annually). He also met a patient on the home training unit where patients are taught to dialyse at home using special equipment.  A renal technician showed the Duke the innovative dry powder system used to produce the salt solution for the haemodialysis machines, one of the first of its kind to be installed in the UK.altrinchamopening2

The Duke then met audiology staff who were assessing an 18 month old boy with a moderate hearing loss in both ears in the dedicated paediatric audiology booth.  After this, the Duke spoke to staff about the new expanded ophthalmology service and the assessments and treatments that are now available to local people, provided by experts from Manchester Royal Eye Hospital.

The Duke was shown the new state-of-the-art digital radiography equipment that produces high quality X-ray and ultrasound images within seconds for consultant radiologists to review and aid diagnosis.  The final facility that the Duke visited was the minor injuries unit where emergency nurse practitioners treat a wide range of minor injuries including sprains and strains, broken bones, wound infections, and minor burns and scalds.

Following the tour of the new facilities, the Duke was invited to unveil a commemorative plaque and sign the visitors' book by Steve Mycio, Chairman of Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust which is responsible for running Altrincham Hospital.altrinchamopening3

His Royal Highness was presented with a commemorative book on the history of Altrincham Hospital written by local author David Eastwood.

Trust Chairman Steve Mycio said:  ""We are delighted to provide local people with easy access to an expanded range of general and specialist health services in this modern state of-the-art community hospital.  More health services than ever before are now available locally to the people of Altrincham."

The Duke of Gloucester said:  "Today is an opportunity to celebrate what's been achieved.  I'm sure that good use was made of the old hospital but needs change, as does technology.  I hope the people of Altrincham will feel pride and be greatly comforted by this wonderful new hospital, even if they are in good health."

Note to editors

The new hospital provides a modern and spacious healthcare environment which has replaced previous outdated facilities in the old Victorian hospital on Market Street.  All services from the previous hospital have transferred to the new development, including the nurse-led minor injuries unit for the assessment of minor conditions including fractures, burns and wounds where emergency nurse practitioners see 50-60 patients a day.

The new Altrincham Hospital provides a wide range of general and specialist outpatient clinics, diagnostic services (X-ray and ultrasound), physiotherapy and phlebotomy (blood testing) for more than 24,000 patients every year.  These are complemented by a number of new and extended services including a new renal dialysis unit, the first time that maintenance dialysis has been provided in Trafford, together with a major expansion of adult ophthalmology services provided by experts from Manchester Royal Eye Hospital, and expanded adult and paediatric audiology clinics where more than 5,000 patients are currently treated.  The new hospital opened its doors to patients on Monday 27th April 2015.

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 every day (except Christmas, Boxing and New Year's Day) 8am - 8pm Monday to Friday and 10am - 6pm at weekends

For more information about Altrincham Hospital, go to http://www.cmft.nhs.uk/altrincham-hospital