Trafford General Urgent Care Centre opens 8am tomorrow
Urgent Care changes for Trafford General
This week a new Urgent Care Centre will replace the Accident
& Emergency (A&E) department at Trafford General
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
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
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
"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
"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
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
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.