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Trafford General Urgent Care Centre opens 8am tomorrow

Urgent Care changes for Trafford General Hospital

This week a new Urgent Care Centre will replace the Accident & Emergency (A&E) department at Trafford General Hospital.

The Trafford A&E department will close at midnight on Wednesday 27 November 2013 and the new Urgent Care Centre will open at 8am on Thursday 28th November. It will continue to be staffed by a highly skilled team of emergency doctors and nurses and will provide treatment for adults and children who need care for a condition that is not life-threatening but where prompt help, care or advice is required.  Its new opening hours will be 8am to midnight every day.  It is estimated that 75% of current users of the service will continue to be able to receive the care they need at Trafford General Hospital.

Patients with serious conditions that may require emergency surgery (eg fractured hip or acute abdominal pain) or intensive care will no longer be brought to Trafford following the change.  People who self-refer to the Urgent Care Centre and require more specialist services will be assessed, stabilised and transferred to the appropriate hospital.  The victims of serious road traffic accidents, cardiac arrests and strokes are already taken elsewhere to be treated in specialist centres.

It is estimated that 8,500 attendances a year will be treated in neighbouring hospitals as a result.  There are three major acute centres within a 10 km radius of Trafford General - Manchester Royal Infirmary, Wythenshawe Hospital, and Salford Royal and all have been involved in the planning process for this change.

This change is part of the new range of services that Trafford General will provide from the end of November.  Most patients will be able to use the hospital much as they did before, for urgent care, diagnostic tests, outpatient clinics and rehabilitation, and children's services.  A wide range of day case surgery will continue to be provided for adults and children including ear, nose and throat procedures, general surgery and urology.

A new centre for orthopaedic surgery opened at Trafford General last week where all planned orthopaedic surgery such as joint replacements for hips, knees, shoulders and elbows will be carried out for patients from Trafford and Manchester.

There will continue to be a 24 hour facility for GPs to refer patients for assessment and possible treatment for medical conditions - this may include patients who are elderly and frail.

"The aim of the changes is to get the best possible outcomes for our patients by making the most effective use of our clinical expertise and facilities," said Bob Pearson, Medical Director for Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, the organisation responsible for running Trafford Hospitals.

"As a result, Trafford General Hospital can look forward to a sustainable future providing a wide range of safe and effective services to local residents."

Dr Nigel Guest, Chief Clinical Officer of Trafford Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), added:  "Both as Chief Clinical Officer of Trafford CCG and as a working GP, I am pleased that services in Trafford will now be able to continue running safely into the future and that more money can be invested into community care and integrated services.

"I would like to stress that the service redesign will provide high quality, safe and sustainable hospital services in Trafford General Hospital.

"We are working to provide a fully integrated care service within Trafford over the next couple of years, and continue to use Trafford General Hospital as an appropriate provider of acute health care services."

Note to editors

Trafford General Hospital is part of the Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (CMFT) group, which also includes hospitals such as Manchester Royal Infirmary, Saint Mary's Hospital and Royal Manchester Children's Hospital.

The new clinical service model that is being implemented at Trafford General Hospital over the last two weeks of November was given the go-ahead by Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt on 11 July 2013, subject to certain conditions being met.  NHS England announced that these conditions had been met on 25 October 2013.

Other changes have included the transfer of inpatient surgery for services other than orthopaedics to other CMFT hospitals eg all inpatient gynaecology cases will now be undertaken at Saint Mary's.

Day case surgery, endoscopy, outpatient clinics, diagnostic tests and rehabilitation services will continue at Trafford General, as well as services for children over the age of five.

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.