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Europe’s biggest hospital complex is half-way there

Manchester is more than half way to completing the largest new hospital development in Europe, which will house the best of the city’s healthcare in one state-of-the-art site serving more than one million patients a year. Work began in 2004 on the hugely ambitious £500m complex of hospitals on Oxford Road – which includes the largest integrated children’s hospital outside America. The development is due to open in 2009. It will provide a seamless transition of care from childhood to adulthood. The new integrated complex will bring together services currently provided by five of the hospitals run by Central Manchester and Manchester Children’s University Hospitals NHS Trust (CMMC). These are Booth Hall Children’s Hospital, Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital, Manchester Royal Infirmary, Saint Mary’s Hospital for Women and Children and the Manchester Royal Eye Hospital. The groundbreaking new development will establish Manchester as one of the most forward-thinking healthcare providers in the world. It will include an impressive purpose-built children’s hospital with its own accident and emergency unit, a dedicated women’s hospital, adult hospital and eye hospital – all on a single site between Oxford Road and Upper Brook Street. Peter Mount, Chairman of the CMMC Hospital Trust said: “The development of our central site is a once in a lifetime opportunity. We are immensely proud of our hospitals' achievements, but we want to do more to improve the quality of services and the environment in which they are delivered. “Our existing buildings are much loved by patients because they know they get a high standard of skilled, specialist care from dedicated staff. But some of these buildings were designed more than a hundred years ago for models of care that we would find wholly unacceptable these days. “We need all our specialists available on one site so that we can deal with patients who need expert care to a high standard without delay. At the moment, staff members have to take valuable working time to cross Manchester between hospitals – and so do our patients.” He added: “By 2009, staff and patients will enjoy world-class facilities and equipment enabling the very best of care to be provided on one site in the heart of the city.” Sir Howard Bernstein, Chief Executive of Manchester City Council, believes the new hospital complex is set to play a major role in the wider regeneration of the city. He said: “The new hospitals development on Oxford Road will position Manchester as a global leader in modern, forward-thinking healthcare. As the largest hospital complex anywhere in Europe, the facility will be a huge asset to local families, while supporting the wider regeneration of Manchester and the North West. It’s a tremendously exciting prospect.” Already completed on the new site are the Manchester Heart Centre, a new Haematology Unit and the Endoscopy Department, which has excellent facilities supported by highly specialised staff and high tech equipment. Also completed is a dedicated adult rehabilitation building, with two in-patient wards including stroke rehabilitation and general rehabilitation. Each ward has its own multi-disciplinary team and therapy gym. An Academic Education Campus and new library facility, has also been completed. It provides a comprehensive multi-disciplinary library, IT access and printing management facilities. The building was recognised in the prestigious 2008 Local Authority Building Control Good Design Awards. There is also now a multi-storey car park for staff and visitors on Hathersage Road, providing state-of-the-art security for visitors.